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LSAC president shifts to lead Association of American Law Schools

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Kellye Testy

Kellye Testy will become the executive director and CEO of the Association of American Law Schools on July 1. Photo by Yosef Kalinko.

Kellye Testy will become the executive director and CEO of the Association of American Law Schools on July 1.

Currently, Testy is the president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council. She will succeed Judy Areen, who is retiring from the AALS.

During Testy’s seven years at the LSAC, the two organizations partnered on research projects aimed at understanding prospective law students, professional development and support for law school deans, according to a Jan. 11 press release.

“Her collaborative leadership style and commitment to innovation and excellence are well known across the legal academy, and we are thrilled to bring her talents to AALS,” said Mark Alexander, the 2023 AALS president and dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, in the press release.

“The long-standing collaboration between LSAC and AALS and the impressive histories and strengths of both organizations will ensure a smooth transition in July,” Testy said in the press release.

Previously, Testy was the president of the the nonprofit association of 176 member and 18 fee-paid law schools in 2016, and has been a member of the AALS Executive Committee and of the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students.

At the LSAC, Testy led the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic, pivoting to online testing and ushering in several innovations that remain today. She was named an ABA Journal Legal Rebel in 2022.

Before joining the LSAC, Testy was the dean and a professor at the University of Washington School of Law and at the Seattle University School of Law. She focused on business and corporate law through an equity lens.

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