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

Diversity Week

All Day Event
William H. Gates Hall

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Monday, February 23, 2015


12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m.: Ebola: How Race and Socioeconomic Factors have Affected Treatment; Gates Hall, Room 119

Speakers: UW Law Barer Fellows & a King County Public Health Department Representative


3:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.: Prospectives on the criminal justice system from persons of color.  Speakers are from the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, King County Prosecutor’s Office and the Associated Counsel for the Accused; Gates Hall, Room TBA


Tuesday, February 24, 2015


12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.: Problems and Solutions - Recognizing Gender Discrimination in the Legal Profession: A panel discussion regarding what, if any, forms of discrimination women are likely to experience as attorneys and how to handle such situations; Gates Hall, Room 119


3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Theft: How Ethnic Minorities Are Exploited and Deprived of Income: A panel discussion sponsored by the Law and Business Association and the Latino Law Students Association; Gates Hall, Room 117


Wednesday, February 25, 2015


12:30 p.m. – 1:20p.m.: And Just Who is Responsible? Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole , Seattle Police Monitoring Team member to discuss law enforcement in Seattle’s communities of color; Gates Hall, Room 119.


3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Rights for the Disabled: Are We There Yet? A panel discussion sponsored by Washington Attorneys with Disabilities. Speakers TBA; Gates Hall, Room 115 


Thursday, February 26, 2015


12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.: Consumer Rights or Human Rights? An Ideological Conversation About the Arlene’s Flowers Case; Gates Hall, Room 117

Speakers: Terry Price, UW Law; Austin Nimocks, Alliance Defending Freedom; Kim Gunning, Assistant Attorney General; Michael Scott


3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.:

1)      Diversity & Justice Fair: visit information tables and speak with representatives from Seattle based social justice organizations

2)      Unveiling of Martin Luther King Junior Pictures

3)      Thank God it’s Thursday: Enjoy beverages, southern style desserts and music from a local Jazz group


All activities will take place in William H. Gates Hall in the Brotman Galleria


Friday, February 27, 2015


12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Queering Justice: Examining the Criminalization of LGBTQ Communities. 
This event  will examine LGBTQ rights and healthcare issues during incarceration.  3.5 CLE Credits (.5 Ethics credits) pending.  Register here: https://www.law.washington.edu/events/lgbtq/


5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Native American Law Students Association Salmon Dinner and Bingo, $10 per person

For tickets, please contact Crys O'Grady at crystalo@uw.edu

Samuel Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center; 3931 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Seattle, WA

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 2/2/2015