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University of Washington School of Law
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2012

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW PROFESSOR APPOINTED FOUNDING DEAN OF LAW SCHOOL IN KENYA

SEATTLE -- The University of Washington School of Law announces the appointment of Professor Sylvia Kang'ara as founding dean of Riara Law School in Nairobi, Kenya. In September 2012, Riara University will open its doors to a pioneer class of fifty Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) students, drawn primarily from Kenya and its neighboring countries. Professor Kang’ara is creating a legal education program from the ground up.

In this new position, Prof. Kang’ara will utilize knowledge and experience she acquired at the University of Washington School of Law and other premier American law schools to reawaken Kenya's legal academy to its public service vocation, rejuvenate its participation in the country's on-going constitutional transformation, and position it to produce internationally competitive law graduates. She believes that legal education is an integral part of national and international law reform efforts, and ultimately, is the foundation for robust economies and just societies.

Prof. Kang’ara will develop a problem-oriented curriculum responsive to the needs and aspirations of the country’s citizens. Her immediate focus is pedagogical innovation in the delivery of foundational courses, production of context-sensitive teaching materials, skills training especially in legal writing, trial advocacy, and clinical education, and the development of nuturing intellectual and professional development programs.

Prof. Kang’ara joined the UW School of Law in 2006. She also teaches in the African Studies Program at the Jackson School of International Studies. Prof. Kang’ara graduated from the University of Nairobi and Harvard University.

The University of Washington School of Law is located on the northwest corner of the main UW campus in Seattle, Washington.

The most recent 2012 U.S. News & World Report law school rankings place it at #20, making it the highest-ranking law school in the Pacific Northwest, and the seventh highest-ranking public law school in the United States.

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