Dean Kellye Testy

Office of the Dean

Toni Rembe Dean & Professor of Law


Dawn Bell
Assistant to the Dean
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Dean Kellye Y. Testy was named Dean of the University of Washington School of Law in 2009, the first woman to serve in the position. She received her B.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Indiana School of Law where she was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Journal. Dean Testy has published extensively on topics including business law, gender and the law, social justice and legal education.

Dean Testy was recently voted by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) to be the AALS President-Elect. Dean Testy has been actively involved with the AALS for several years, including serving a three-year term on the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students (2007-2009) and serving as a member of the 2009 Planning Committee for the highly successful Conference on Business Associations. She also chaired the Planning Committee for the AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers (2010). Most recently, she served as co-chair of the AALS Section for the Law School Dean and is a current member of the AALS Committee on Audit and Association Investment Policy and the AALS Executive Committee.

In addition to her work with the AALS, Dean Testy has also served on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers as well as several committees of the ABA Section on Legal Education. In 2010, she chaired the ABA New Dean's Workshop and has been a long-serving member of its faculty committee.

Dean Testy began her legal career working for Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, and after graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Jesse E. Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At the end of her clerkship in 1992, she began her academic career. She joined the faculty of Seattle University Law School and became its dean in 2005. Dean Testy has received numerous honors and awards, including the President's Award from the Washington State Bar Association, as well as awards from the Washington Women Lawyers and King County Women Lawyers. She also received the Washington State Trial Lawyers Public Justice Award and three Outstanding Teacher Awards. In 2013, she received the Women of Influence Award from the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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