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Professor Dale Oesterle Elected 2005 Outstanding Professor

Outstanding Professor for 2005 Dale Oesterle likes to get where he is going – fast. Yet, whether he is discussing his education (three degrees in seven years), his professional achievements (author of several books and more than 40 articles), his hobbies (a racecar builder and driver), or being selected by the Class of 2005 as outstanding professor in only his second year at Moritz, a picture emerges of a soft-spoken man with a brilliant mind and boundless energy.

Dale OesterleDale Oesterle's extensive expertise and teaching experience in corporate law, both in the U.S. and abroad, brought him to Ohio State as the first holder of the J. Gilbert Reese Chair in Contract Law.

Before joining the faculty at Moritz, he was the Monfort Professor and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also has a long-running association with the University of Auckland and the New Zealand bar, working with the legislature and practicing attorneys to develop New Zealand 's "companies" legislation.

In characteristically decisive fashion, Professor Oesterle knew early he would pursue legal training. "Since I was in seventh grade, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I thought it would be a good stepping stone to enter politics," he admits, although he later chose not to pursue his political ambitions. A high school and college competitive debate champion, his enjoyment of this spirited process of reasoning led him to excel as a trial attorney in corporate litigation with a large Virginia firm.

Professor Oesterle found private practice both rewarding and challenging, but some of his former professors persisted in suggesting that he pursue a career in legal education. After some interviews, he decided to take the plunge. "I think being an attorney is a great life, and, unlike many of my colleagues, I could easily be content as a practicing lawyer. But I have never regretted my decision to reenter the classroom," he confesses. Moritz students concur.

Professor Oesterle thrives on the "give and take" dynamics of the classroom. He teaches courses in Business Associations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Law and Finance for Entrepreneurs, International Business Transactions, and Comparative Company Law. "It's a privilege to teach subjects that fascinate me," he says, "and that are inherently useful and valuable. The reward is the knowledge that one is helping students to become self-sufficient, in a socially useful way."

"I would venture to say I am one of a handful of law professors who also likes to race cars," he says with a smile. As a member of the Sports Car Club of America, he is the proud owner and driver of two fast cars: a vintage 1966 Triumph Spitfire he rebuilt from the ground up, and a 1992 Mazda Miata. He has no plans to slow down any time soon.