A new direction for clinical faculty
Professor Lisa Brodoff is the new director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. She succeeds former director Paul Holland, who was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Brodoff joined the faculty as a clinical professor in 1997, and has taught the Administrative Law Clinic, the Trusts & Estates Clinic and Elder Law. She served as chief review judge in the Office of Appeals for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services and was appointed chief administrative law judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings. She has also worked as an attorney for the Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation and as legislative staff counsel to the Washington Senate.
Professor Brodoff has engaged in both scholarly work and impact litigation/legislative advocacy. Her areas of expertise are in the rights of gay and lesbian individuals and couples, people with disabilities, the elderly, and public assistance applicants and recipients.
She is a frequent speaker at conferences and continuing legal education programs on topics including the right to counsel in civil matters (civil Gideon), end of life and disability planning, and the administrative hearing process. Professor Brodoff was instrumental in the passage of legislation in Washington State creating the Mental Health Advance Directive, a planning document for people with mental illness. Washington’s statute is now considered model legislation for states seeking to expand the rights and planning options for people with mental illness.
Brodoff has served on a number of committees and boards including the Coalition for Indigent Representation and Civil Legal Equality (CIRCLE), the Access to Justice Board Impediments Committee, and the Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington Board. She is also a tribal court judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System.
Holland was the clinic director for four years before his promotion. He was previously a Prettyman Fellow and Visiting Professor/Deputy Director in the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and a clinical professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the University of Michigan School of Law.
In his associate dean role, he is responsible for the law school’s academic program.
In a move that underscores the importance of clinical legal education at Seattle University School of Law, both Brodoff and Holland have been granted tenure, and three new tenure-track clinical faculty have been hired in the past couple of years. They are Assistant Professor Tom Antkowiak, who teaches the International Human Rights Clinic and also oversees the law school’s Latin America Program; Assistant Professor Won Kidane, who teaches the Immigration Clinic; and Assistant Professor Jane Stoever, who teaches the Domestic Violence Clinic.