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University of Washington School of Law
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July 31, 2009

Kellye Testy Takes the Helm at UW School of Law

Kellye TestyKellye Y. Testy, Dean & James W. Mifflin University Professor

SEATTLE - Kellye Testy officially begins as dean of the University of Washington School of Law and James W. Mifflin University Professor on August 1, 2009. Testy, a national leader in legal education and an expert in corporate law and governance, is the first permanent female dean in the School of Law's 110-year history.

"The opportunity to lead Washington's law school is very exciting," she said. "The UW is one of the world's top research institutions, and I'm honored to join the leadership of the university."

Testy said one of her priorities for her first 100 days will be getting to know the many constituents of the law school, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, members of the bench and bar, fellow deans, and other university leaders. She will be traveling to meet with constituents across Washington, the United States, and Asia. (Click here for a detailed list of event locations and dates.)

"The School of Law enjoys a distinguished tradition of innovation and excellence,ā€ Testy noted. ā€œIā€™m looking forward to engaging its many constituents to lead a new generation of contributions to the development of law and public policy in the state and at the national and international levels."

Testy received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University in 1982. She received her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 1991, graduating summa cum laude. She served as law clerk for the Honorable Jesse E. Eschbach on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1991 and 1992.

Testy teaches and writes in the areas of contracts, corporate governance, corporations, gender and law, and economic and social justice. She serves on the boards of the American Law Deans Association and the Society of American Law Teachers; she is also a member of the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Faculty of the Association of American Law Schools and the Committee on Curriculum of the American Bar Association.

Her awards include the Washington State Trial Lawyers Public Justice Award (2006), the President's Award from King County Women Lawyers (2006), the President's Award from Washington Women Lawyers (2007), the President's Award from the Washington State Bar Association (2007), and the Special Friend Award from the Loren Miller (African American) Bar Association of Washington (2008).

Established in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association since 1924, the UW School of Law is one of the top public law schools in the United States. Located in William H. Gates Hall on the Seattle campus, the School of Law has 66 full-time faculty members, over 500 J.D. students and 135 graduate students. It is home to the #1 law librarianship program in the country and top-ranked graduate programs in intellectual property, environmental law, tax law, and international law. The National Jurist magazine ranked UW School of Law as the 8th Best Law School for Public Interest Law (2008).