Inside the Classroom: 6 Questions With Professor Dan Ortiz, Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

Dan Ortiz
January 20, 2016

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.  

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