Two bar associations honor Dean Kellye Testy

Two Washington bar associations have recognized Seattle University School of Law Dean Kellye Testy for her commitment to bettering the legal profession and justice system. Dean Testy received the Loren Miller Bar Association President's Award and this year's Friend of the Legal Profession Award from the King County Bar Association on June 26.

Ron Ward, for whom the LMBA award is named, surprised Dean Testy with the award at the LMBA dinner May 16.

"Her commitment to community service has been remarkable," Ward said. "Few, if any, have done more to advance intellectual vitality and promote egalitarianism in the Washington legal community."

The second award from the King County Bar Association recognizes Dean Testy's "distinguished and meritorious service to the legal profession and justice system." Linda Strout '79, deputy chief executive officer for the Port of Seattle and former KCBA president, nominated Testy for the award. Strout said Testy always stands up for what she believes in and "walks the talk" of social justice. "Her leadership brings out the best in others," Strout said.

Dean Testy has put Seattle University School of Law at the leading edge of legal education, combining academic excellence with education for justice. Under her leadership, the School of Law is strengthening and diversifying the legal profession.

Before becoming dean, Testy was instrumental in the founding of the law school's Access to Justice Institute, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice and the Center on Corporations, Law & Society. As dean, she implemented the Scholars for Justice Awards, which provide two full scholarships each year to students committed to working in the public interest, and she continues to foster in students and faculty a desire to serve the less fortunate.

"Dean Testy understands the vitality and strength that inclusion and diversity bring to the legal profession and justice system, not just for her faculty, students and staff, but for the broader justice community," said Bonnie Glenn, deputy chief of staff for the King County Prosecutor's Office. "She radiates a powerfully caring spirit that inspires and challenges the people she meets to ask themselves, ‘What more can I do to ensure a more just and humane world?'"

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