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LSAC names Kellye Y. Testy new president and CEO

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Kellye Y. Testy

Kellye Y. Testy. Photo by Greg Olsen/University of Washington School of Law.

Corrected: The Law School Admissions Council announced Tuesday that University of Washington School of Law dean Kellye Y. Testy, is its new president and chief executive officer.

A past president of the Association of American Law Schools, Testy succeeds Daniel O. Bernstine, who died last September.

“We look forward to accelerating key partnerships, integrating technology intelligently, and serving our members in ever-more innovative and effective ways,” Testy said in a statement released by the LSAC.

In February, Testy announced she would be stepping down as UW Law’s dean at the end of the academic year, the Seattle Times reported. Under her leadership, the law school set new fundraising records and she increased diversity among the faculty and students.

Testy told the Times that approximately 24 percent of the school’s law students are people of color.

The LSAC administers the Law School Admissions Test, and hopes a recent partnership with Khan Academy will bring more diversity to the profession. Under the agreement, the nonprofit online platform known for its large library of interactive math courses will develop free LSAT practice materials. The project is funded by the LSAC.

“For the rule of law to flourish, we need outstanding lawyers and that, in turn, means that the quality of legal education is paramount,” Testy, who also was dean of the Seattle University School of Law, said in the release. “LSAC has long been a leader in encouraging and assisting law schools in admitting diverse classes capable of success.”


This story originally said that online LSAT practice materials will be funded by the LSAC, Google and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Only the LSAC is funding the online LSAT practice materials. 

The Journal regrets the error. 

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