New Dean Takes Office at School of Law

Kellye Y. Testy, selected in December to lead Seattle University’s School of Law, takes office on Monday, February 14, 2005. She succeeds Rudolph C. Hasl, who has served as dean for the past five years. A member of the law faculty, Hasl will serve as a Senior Advisor to Dean Testy for the balance of the academic year.

“It has been a pleasure working closely with Dean Hasl over the past several months,” said Testy. “This seamless transition has enabled us to continue the law school's upward trajectory with no loss of momentum.”

Testy was selected following an extensive national search process. “In a field of extremely strong applicants, Testy enjoyed an impressive degree of support from faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” said Provost Susan L. Secker. “She brings to the law school’s leadership the right emphasis upon national academic reputation, responsiveness to the region’s legal educational needs, and a commitment to social justice, all of which are consistent with Seattle University’s Jesuit and Catholic mission.”

“Seattle University School of Law has been enormously successful in fulfilling its long-standing commitment to educating public-spirited lawyers for the highest levels of professional competence,” said Testy. “I plan to continue the upward momentum that we have enjoyed under Dean Hasl’s leadership, and to further our commitments to academic distinction and to education for justice.”

Testy joined the School of Law faculty in 1992 after a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. A 1991 summa cum laude graduate of Indiana University School of Law, Testy was Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Journal and also earned a graduate minor in women’s studies during her law school tenure. Since joining the School of Law, she has gained national stature for her scholarship in business and commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate law and governance.

Testy was instrumental in founding several key programs at the Law School, including the Access to Justice Institute, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and the Center on Corporations, Law and Society. From 2001-03, she served as a Patricia Wismer Professor at Seattle University, a professorship in recognition of academic leadership on issues of justice and diversity.

Says Jason Amala, the Student Bar Association president, “Most students have great admiration for Dean Testy because of her genuine concern for their well-being, her brilliant and diverse intelligence, and her demonstrated commitment to justice. Her appointment as Dean of the School of Law is recognition that our school's first priority is the student body, and that our pursuit of academic excellence complements our dedication to justice. The law school is poised for greatness and the students are tremendously excited about the direction that the law school will take under the leadership of Dean Testy.”

The Seattle University School of Law has more than 1,100 students currently enrolled. It is ranked among the top 100 law schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is listed among Princeton Review's "The Best 117 Law Schools" guide.

The law school's Scholars for Justice. From left, Amy Pritchard '09, Celeste Miller '10, Kevin DeLiban '10, Persis Yu '09