Inside the Classroom: 6 Questions With Professor Dan Ortiz, Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
Professor Dan Ortiz joined the Law School in 1985 and this year is teaching Supreme Court: October Term, a Seminar in Ethical Values and the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, along with Professor Toby Heytens.
Where are you from originally?
I grew up outside of Louisville, Kentucky — a great place to spend one’s Wonderbread years.
Why did you want to become a lawyer? Why did you choose to focus on your area(s) of law?
I actually wanted to become a literary manager for a theater company but when I got my advanced degree in 1980 there were no jobs. Law seemed a good option, and I had to decide in a hurry.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A paleontologist, of course. Doesn’t everyone?
What have you learned from a student that still sticks with you?
Humility. They often know more than I do.
Which UVA Law class would you most like to take?
Anything by Caleb Nelson.
What’s your favorite spot in Charlottesville, and why?
My warm bed in winter.