Promotions Bolster Academic Programs

Dean Kellye Testy announced several key promotions this year as part of her ongoing efforts to build on the strong academic program at the law school.

Associate Professor Annette Clark ’89, was named vice dean, a new position, in recognition of her leadership as associate dean for academic affairs for the past three years. Professor Tayyab Mahmud was named associate dean for research and faculty development, and Kristin Cheney ’84 was promoted from library director to the new position of associate dean for library and educational technology.

Clark’s new title will more clearly signify that Clark is at the helm of the law school’s internal affairs. She leads the school’s strategic planning processes and oversees the academic operations.

“Academics are and must remain our core focus as our law school continues to grow and to become more complex. Annette Clark’s promotion to vice dean will ensure that our academic mission remains at the center of all our efforts,” Testy said.

Clark, who also has an M.D. from the University of Washington, teaches, writes and consults in the areas of medical liability and is a frequent lecturer on bioethics-related topics. She joined the faculty in 1989 and was previously associate dean for academic affairs from 1997-2001. She is a member of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys and the MultiCare Institutional Review Board.

In his new position, Mahmud will lead steady growth in the scholarly productivity of the faculty.

“Tayyab Mahmud brings not only a strong record of his own scholarly accomplishment to this role, but also a proven track record of mentoring faculty and providing institutional leadership in the area of professional development,” Testy said.

Before joining the law school in 2006, he was a professor and chair of the Global Perspectives Group at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He practiced complex litigation with the San Francisco-based firm of Pettit & Martin. He is co-president and a member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and a member of the Board of Directors of Latina/o Critical Legal Studies (LatCrit). He has published extensively in the areas of comparative constitutional law, human rights, legal history and legal theory. Before going to law school, he taught international relations at various universities in Pakistan and the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in political science.

Recognizing that effective technology is infused throughout the program of legal education, Cheney now supervises the instructional technology department, in addition to continuing to oversee the library. She also chairs the committee overseeing the redesign of the law school’s Web site.

“Kristin has done a superb job in establishing a first-rate law library that is committed to student learning,” the dean said. “At the same time, she has made sure that the law library is a central component of our faculty’s scholarly achievements.”

After serving as a prosecuting attorney in Pierce and Kitsap counties, Cheney, who has a master’s in library science, was a reference librarian/senior reference librarian and adjunct professor in legal writing at Boston University School of Law. She was assistant director for public and educational services at the University of Texas School of Law and joined the law school as associate library director in 1994. She was appointed executive law librarian in 2001 and law library director in 2005. She has taught various upper-level research courses at the law school since 1995.

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