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Kellye Y. Testy

Kellye Y. TestyKellye Y. Testy became the 14th permanent (and first woman) dean of the University of Washington School of Law in 2009. A thoughtful scholar, gifted teacher, and experienced administrator, Testy also holds the James W. Mifflin University Professorship at the University of Washington. Her scholarship and teaching interests are in the areas of leadership, corporate/business law, and economic justice. A sought-after speaker, she is known throughout academic and legal communities for her dedication to the rule of law and its commitment to justice and equality.

Dean Testy is active in a number of major legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the Association of American Law Deans, the Society of American Law Teachers, and the Law School Admissions Council. Her current scholarly projects include a casebook on corporate governance and a book on leadership.

Under her leadership at UW Law, the school has adopted an ambitious mission as Leaders for the Global Common Good, increased the quality (including the diversity) of its student body, expanded interdisciplinary opportunities for students and faculty, and enhanced the scholarly accomplishments and reputation of its faculty. UW School of Law is one of the leading public law schools in the world, providing an outstanding, personalized form of education for its students and offering particular expertise in the areas of Law Technology & Arts, Global Health Law & Policy, International & Comparative Law, Business & Tax Law, and Environmental & Natural Resource Law.

Dean Testy served as the Chair of the UW Presidential Search Committee, a Board of Regents’ appointment, and most recently was elected chair of the Board of Deans & Chancellors.

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