A Message from Dean Kellye Y. Testy

Dean Testy and studentMy commitments to diversity and equality are part of my high standards and insistence upon excellence. Today, the best legal education must include an integration of theory, doctrine, and practice and must be delivered by a diverse faculty to a diverse student body. Especially for a global law school such as ours, graduates must be culturally competent and prepared for an increasingly complex and connected world.

Law is a powerful tool for social change, and all of us who are part of the legal profession have a duty to seek to make real the promise of “equal justice.” Justice cannot be a commodity that is available only to those who can afford it; that not only harms the persons who are denied access to justice, but it undermines respect for the rule of law and lawyers as well.

Our school's longstanding commitment to excellence, including diversity, has stood the test of time amid many changes in the legal profession. The privilege of being a part of the legal profession compels us to promote the rule of law and its commitment to justice and equality.

The University of Washington’s Diversity Statement

The University of Washington values diversity and is committed to promoting respect for the rights and privileges of others, the understanding and appreciation of human differences, and the constructive expression of ideas.

Upcoming Diversity Events

Statewide Diversity Conference "Diversity is Good Business"

February 6 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
William H. Gates Hall

Since 2006, the Minority Bar Associations Collaboration Project (WAMBAC) has presented the Statewide Diversity Conference. Inspired by the ABA Conference for the Minority Lawyer, WAMBAC’s Statewide Diversity Conference is an opportunity for legal professionals to convene, learn about and discuss ideas, trends, and issues impacting and affecting diversity in the legal profession. Our theme for the 2015 conference is "Diversity is Good Business". CLE Credits: 6.00 credits pending Cost: $50.00

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Global Monday-Diversity Week Panel: Social Justice and Global Health Issues

February 23 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall

"Ebola: How Race and Socioeconomic Factors Affected the International Response" Please join us for a special panel discussion of the handling of the Ebola breakout, both internationally and locally, focusing on access to health care and stereotyping and stigmatizing as hindrance to health care. Hosted by UW Law Diversity Committee, the Student Health Law Organization, and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services Panelists will include •Hezron Krop Kangerep, Officer, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights; 2014 Barer Fellows and candidates for the LL.M. in Sustainable International Development •Jonathan Muwaganya, Senior State Attorney, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice, Uganda; 2014 Barer Fellows and candidates for the LL.M. in Sustainable International Development •Moses Wanyonyi Wanjala (Kenya), Magistrate, Judicial Review and Constitutional & Human Rights Division at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, Kenya; 2014 Barer Fellows and candidates for the LL.M. in Sustainable International Development •Dr. Meredith Li-Vollmer, Risk Communication Specialist, Public Health - Seattle & King County

Diversity Week-Social Justice Fair

February 26 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
William H. Gates Hall

Diversity Week event-Social Justice Fair Public Interest organizations & Minority and Specialty Bar organizations invited to set up informational tables for students.

Last updated 12/30/2014