Annette Clark ’89 begins deanship at Seattle University School of Law
(July 1, 2013) Annette Clark, a 1989 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a highly accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator, formally becomes dean today. She is the first alumna of the law school to be chosen to lead it.
Clark looks forward to leading the law school that has been such a huge part of her life.
"Seattle University has been my academic home for so many years, and I am pleased and proud to have been chosen to lead this law school and especially proud to be a dean who is also a graduate of this institution," Clark said.
Clark has a keen understanding of the challenges and possibilities facing legal education today and will provide strong leadership as the law school moves forward.
"I'm committed to working together as a community - faculty, staff, students, alumni and our friends and partners in the legal profession - to set a course for this law school that will enhance and strengthen our program of legal education and best serve the interests of our outstanding students and graduates."
Clark has had a stellar career. After receiving her M.D. with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine and her J.D. summa cum laude from Seattle University School of Law, she joined the law faculty in 1989. Along with her teaching and scholarly activities, she served in a number of leadership positions including as associate dean for academic affairs, vice dean and interim dean. After a year as dean at St. Louis University School of Law, she returned to Seattle University's faculty last fall.
She was the 2008-09 James B. McGoldrick Fellow, which is awarded to a faculty member or administrator who best exemplifies a commitment to students and to the values of a Jesuit education. She received the Seattle Journal for Social Justice Faculty Award in 2005, the Dean's Medal the following year and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2007 and 2011. Earlier this month, the university recognized her excellence in teaching, scholarship and service and promoted her to Professor of Law.
She teaches and writes in the areas of medical liability, bioethics and legal education and is a frequent national and local lecturer on these topics. She is a respected health law scholar nationally and has published articles in the New York University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Tulane Law Review, among others.