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March 2017 Bar Bulletin

Testy Stepping Down as Dean of UW Law

From the UW School of Law

 

After more than eight years, Kellye Y. Testy has decided to step down as dean of the University of Washington School of Law. Testy was named the 12th dean of the UW School of Law in 2009; the first woman to serve in that position.

In an email to the UW Law community, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty praised Testy:

“We write to convey our deep gratitude for Kellye Testy’s outstanding leadership as dean of the law school. She joined the UW in 2009 and has steered the school through significant challenges to legal education. The law school today is a stronger and more influential school for her leadership, and it is very well positioned for its future success.”

The inaugural holder of the Toni Rembe endowed deanship, Testy has devoted her tenure to fostering academic and scholarly excellence, advancing social justice and promoting diversity.

Recently named the second-most influential person in legal education by the National Jurist, Testy has been actively involved with the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) for several years, including serving as the 2016 president. She has 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.

Testy has received numerous honors and awards, including the President’s Award from the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Public Justice Award and three Outstanding Teacher awards.

Testy will serve out the remainder of the academic year with plans to return to the faculty. It is expected that an interim dean will be transitioned into the role this summer, while a national search is launched to find a permanent replacement.

Dean Testy’s Message

To UW Law alumni, donors and friends:

After more than eight years, I have decided to step down as dean of the University of Washington School of Law and return to the law faculty.

Leading this institution for the last eight years has been an extraordinary honor, inspiring me to serve well beyond my initial intention of five years. I am very proud of all that we have been able to accomplish together, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the privilege of serving as the 12th dean of the University of Washington School of Law.

During this period of significant challenge and change in the global economy, the legal profession and the world, we have been able to collectively serve our students, the University of Washington and the greater society. I love this community and believe in us — the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UW Law. 

To you, our alumni and friends — I give very special thanks. I keep coming back to our campaign theme: Be Boundless – For Washington, For the World. You have propelled us in every way with your engagement and generosity. Working with you has been a joy, and I am grateful for the many ways that you have advanced our mission individually and collectively. 

Change is healthy for all great institutions, and this is the right time for us to begin this transition. I am committed to assuring a seamless transition in leadership for our community. Assistant Dean Craig Wright and I will keep you posted as our search process begins, and you can be sure that it will include many opportunities for involvement.


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