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Professor Dale Moore remembers begging for a chalkboard at six years old so she could play “teacher.” She didn’t know that role would eventually lead to 33 years of teaching in a law-school classroom. She learned early that she loved being a student, and had a hunch somewhere during nursing school, college, and law school that she wanted to stay in a learning environment.
“The enthusiasm never fades, nor do the challenges,” she said. “Each class has its own personality, which brings fresh excitement and new opportunities every semester.”
Moore served many roles at Albany Law School, including associate dean of student affairs, associate dean of academic affairs, acting dean, chair of the Admissions and Faculty Affairs Committees, and her “favorite by far,”
professor of law. She received the 2008 Distinguished Educator for Excellence in Teaching Award. Although she taught numerous courses over the years, most recently she has taught Federal Civil Procedure, Products Liability, and Torts. She also served as an adjunct professor at Albany Medical College and as the founding editor of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Health Law Journal.
She holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was editor-in-chief of the law review, and an R.N. from Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing.
“My experience as a student made me determined to teach,” she said. “I think that a love of learning—of being a student—is an essential characteristic of an excellent teacher. I was privileged to learn from some spectacular teachers during my years as a student.”
Prof. Moore likes to talk about her teaching mentor from her own law school days, Clyde Summers, describing him as “the best of my teachers, in all of the schools I attended.” She said that his love of teaching was evident inside and outside of the classroom. “Professor Summers was known to say, ‘When I retire, I’ll teach.’ And that is exactly what he did.”
Although Moore thought for many years that she’d try to follow in her mentor’s footsteps, recent experience has led her in a different direction—a return to nursing, her first profession. During the last few spring semesters, Moore has been practicing nursing in a South Carolina primary-care clinic for uninsured, low-income individuals. “From time to time, I do some teaching—how to monitor one’s blood pressure or how to implement dietary or prescription modifications. But the best thing about working at the clinic is that each time I’m there I make a small contribution to the well-being of the patients I’ve seen. I’d like to continue doing that.”
Look for this story and more in the Summer 2016 issue of Albany Law Magazine.