Annette Clark assumes role as interim dean

Annette Clark '89, who has served as vice dean of the School of Law for several years, was appointed interim dean, effective July 1.

Annette Clark"I am confident that as interim dean, Dr. Clark will provide stability while continuing to propel the School of Law forward," Provost Isiaah Crawford said.

Clark has served as the chief academic officer for the School of Law, overseeing the academic program, including the curriculum and centers and institutes, as well as the faculty, from 1997-2001 and then again from 2005-2009. After receiving an M.D. with honors from the University of Washington's School of Medicine and her J.D. summa cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law, she joined the School of Law faculty in 1989.

"I am both extraordinarily honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead this school that I love for the coming year," Clark said. "I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and alumni as we build upon our foundation of education for excellence and search for the next outstanding dean for the School of Law."

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., named Dr. Clark the 2008-09 James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellow, which is awarded to a faculty member or administrator who best exemplifies commitment to students and to the values of a Jesuit education. She has also received the Seattle Journal for Social Justice Faculty Award in 2005, the Dean's Medal in 2006, and the Outstanding Faculty Award in December 2007.

Clark teaches, writes and consults in the areas of medical liability and bioethics and is a frequent national and local lecturer on bioethics-related topics. She has published articles in the New York University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Tulane Law Review, among others. She volunteers with the Multi-Care Institutional Review Board, which is dedicated to ensuring patient safety in human subjects research, and the Safe Crossings Foundation Board, whose mission is to fund and support grief counseling for children in King County.

The university will convene a search committee to conduct a national search to replace Dean Kellye Testy, with the plan of having a new dean at the law school by July 2010.