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Dean Kellye Y. Testy President-Elect of AALS

Dean Kellye TestyDean Kellye Y. Testy was voted to become President-Elect of The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) at the organization's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting was attended by more than 2,000 law professors and law school administrators during the first week of January and speakers included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. In addition to her election, Dean Testy led several sessions at the meeting, including panels focused on fostering diverse leadership and implementing innovation in legal education.

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UW Law Welcomes Senator Murkowski and Key Stakeholders at Arctic Encounter Symposium

Senator Murkowski

On January 30 and 31, the University of Washington School of Law welcomed experts from around the world to the second annual Arctic Encounter Symposium, designed to explore the shared interests of the United States and the global community in the Arctic. Participants included key industry leaders, policymakers including Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and regional stakeholders from all relevant sectors, including science, technology, maritime and energy. The symposium is an example of the many ways the law school seeks to engage in interdisciplinary research and collaboration. You can read more about the event here and access videos of the symposium’s panels on its YouTube page.

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UW Law Remains Ranked as One of Top Ten Public Law Schools in the Nation

William. H. Gates Hall

In its recent annual spring ranking of graduate programs, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Washington School of Law as one of the top ten public law schools in the country. Coming in at #28 for all schools nationwide, UW Law continues to be the highest ranked school in the Pacific Northwest by a wide margin, thanks to its impressive faculty, continually strong bar passage rate and strong employment numbers. In addition to the overall ranking, UW Law also ranked in the top 25 in four specialty areas: Tax Law (15), Intellectual Property Law (20), Clinical Training (22) and Environmental Law (24).

Professors Featured on Prominent Legal Blogs

Professors Featured on Prominent Legal Blogs

SCOTUSblog recently completed a six-part interview with Professor Eric Schnapper, in which he discussed his more than four decade career of arguing before the Supreme Court. Topics include "his background, from Yale Law School to a twenty-five-year career at the NAACAP Legal Defense Fund to legal academe; how Supreme Court advocacy differs from other legal advocacy; the importance of legal briefs and their relation to oral argument; what one can and cannot prepare for in oral argument; and stories and what one learns from a long career as a Supreme Court advocate." Professor Ronald Collins also organized a series called "Posner on Posner" for Concurring Opinions in which 24 noted legal figures, including UW Law Professors Kathryan Watts and Ryan Calo, participated in a group interview of Judge Richard Posner. The series included more than 150 questions, with topics ranging from privacy and intellectual property rights to the politicization of the judiciary.

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Law School Hosts Forum on Events in Ferguson


On December 2, 2014, UW Law hosted a forum in response to the recent grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Seattle defense attorney Jeffrey Robinson led a discussion on the ethical, factual and legal issues surrounding state use of force, policing in communities of color and the grand jury process. Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud and former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan were also on hand for the discussion. You can watch the full presentation here.

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Diversity Week Offers Full Slate of Events

Diversity Week

The law school hosted a full schedule of events from February 23 to February 27 as part of the school’s annual Diversity Week. Featured events included the unveiling of an installation by photographer Bernard Kleina, who came to the law school to discuss his experience documenting the civil rights movement through photography and his series of photographs of Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Week is part of the school’s ongoing commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive educational environment that promotes cross-cultural competencies. To complement these efforts, UW Law recently launched its "Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Multiculturalism."

Read about the full program of events here.

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Seeking Alumni Participation


We’re currently seeking help from our alumni on two different initiatives. First, our newly formed Alumni Engagement team is asking alumni to complete a brief survey by March 31 providing feedback on law school events and communications to help them develop future programming.

Also, check out the beta version of the law school’s new Becoming a Lawyer pages and course planning Pathways. Using an Advising, Transactions, Disputes framework to explain the contexts for lawyers’ work, and three portals for course advising – Practice Context, Professional Substantive Specialty, and Serve Specific Clients or Causes—the pages provide a wealth of information to guide prospective and current students on career and course planning. An initial set of short videos by attorneys provides additional guidance. More videos are planned. Contact Professor Deborah Maranville, coordinator of this project, at maran@uw.edu, if you would like to contribute.

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