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Dale P. Olson

Dale P. Olson

Professor of Law


  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1969
  • J.D., University of Minnesota, 1972
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Article Editor, Minnesota Law Review
  • LL.M., Yale University, 1976


  • Modern Civil Practice in WV (1984)
  • “Thin Copyrights,” 95 W. Va. L. Rev. 147 (1992)
  • Book Note, Zechariah Chafee, Jr.: Defender of Liberty and Law, by Donald L. Smith, 12 Legal Studies Forum 393 (1988)
  • “Educational Fair Use,” J. C. & U. L. 489 (1986)
  • “Copyright Originality,” 48 Mo. L. Rev. 29 (1983)
  • “The Legal Protection of Printed Systems,” 91 W. Va. L. Rev. 45 (1978)

Teaching/Administrative Experience

  • Faculty, West Virginia University College of Law (1976-present)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

Professional Background

  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Ohio Consultant on Legal and Institutional Issues to the Ohio River Basin
  • Energy Study Funded by the EPA Consultant to the Council of State Governments on the Legal Aspects of Regional Cooperation in Major Energy Facility Siting


Professor Dale Olson’s teaching is centered in the intellectual property area as well as trade regulation or antitrust law. Olson’s scholarship has centered on the varying concepts of authorship as well as a treatise-length work on civil litigation practice in West Virginia. His engagement or service has focused both on the rights involving free expression and due process, along with a developing engagement in efforts to involve and retain incoming students combined with advising artists and authors on intellectual property issues.

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