For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

January 11, 2007

Knight Resigns as Dean from Law School

SEATTLE - University of Washington School of Law Dean W.H. Knight (Joe) today informed President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise that he is resigning his position, effective June 15, 2007. He will remain a tenured member of the law school faculty.

In his five years at the law school, Dean Knight established the law school as one of the best public law schools in the country, increased funding for scholarships to low-income students, and directed the building of a new $80 million facility with state-of-the-art classrooms and library resources.

“When I joined the law school in 2001, the university administration exhorted me to become an agent for change in the law school,” he said. “The law school has gone through a period of transition, and it is now time for new leadership to take it to the next phase.”

The law school has 704 students in its Juris Doctor, Masters, and Ph.D. programs. It recently received a $33 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship Program, one of the largest scholarship programs in the history of the UW.