Raven Lidman

Professor Emerita
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 430
(206) 398-4147


B.A., Cornell University, 1967
J.D., University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law, 1977
Admitted to practice in Washington State and the Federal District Court, Western Washington


Youth Advocacy Clinic
International Human Rights Clinic


Raven Lidman has been a Clinical Professor of Law at Seattle University since 1987. She currently teaches in the Youth Advocacy Clinic and the International Human Rights Clinic. Her work in the Youth Advocacy Clinic focuses on juvenile criminal defense with an emphasis on teen prostitution and right to counsel in truancy cases. For the IHRC, she has written human rights reports, drafted treaty language and filed or participated in cases in the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, state, federal and immigration fora. Professor Lidman’s scholarship has included two articles and an amicus brief on the scope under international law and foreign domestic law of a right to publicly funded legal aid for indigent parties in civil matters, commonly referred to as “civil Gideon”. She has been an active participant in the Coalition for Indigent Representation and Civil Legal Equality (CIRCLE) and the National Center for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC).

Professor Lidman’s other primary interest is collaborating with clinics in Latin America, sharing pedagogy, pro bono/social justice visions and projects. As part of the university wide commitment to Nicaragua and ties with the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), she works with the UCA’s law clinic. Each summer , two SU law students are selected to work alongside their peers in that clinic. Since 2000, she has been collaborating with the law clinic at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. She is currently the newsletter editor for the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE).

Professor Lidman was managing attorney in the Olympia office of the Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation and in private practice in Olympia. When she first taught in the clinic at SU/UPS she supervised students handling family law cases, focusing on custody and domestic violence, and special education representation.


Book Chapter

Social Justice in Seattle University School of Law in the U.S., in Social Justice Outreach and Law Clinics in the University of the Americas in the 21st Century (2005).


Desarollando un ‘ethos’ del pro bono en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Seattle, 35 Ius 480, December 2007; [Developing an ethos of pro bono in Seattle University School of Law.].

Civil Gideon: Catching Up with the Rest of the World, July-August Clearinghouse Rev. J. of Pov. L. & Pol. 288 (2006).

Civil Gideon as a Human Right: Is the U.S. Going to Join Step With the Rest of the Developed World, 15 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 768 (2006).

Civil Gideon: A Human Right Elsewhere in the World, 40 Clearinghouse Rev. 288 (2006).

Proyeccion Social en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Seattle en los Estados Unidos, Proyeccion social del derecho y clinicas juridicas en las Universidad de American del siglo XXI, Instituto International de Sociologia Juridica de Onati, (2005). [Social Justice in Seattle University School of Law in the U.S., in Social Justice Outreach and law clinics in American Universities in the 21st Century. International Institute of Sociology and Law.].

The Power of Narrative: Listening to the Initial Client Interview, 22 Seattle U. L. Rev. 17 (1998).

The Guardian Ad Litem in Custody Proceedings: The Judicial System Stretched Beyond Recognition, 6 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 255 (1998) (with Betsy Hollingsworth).

Rethinking the Roles of Guardians Ad Litem in Dissolutions: Have We Been Seeking Magicians?, Washington State Bar News, Dec. 1997, at 22 (with Betsy Hollingsworth).

And Then Suddenly Seattle University Was on Its Way to a Parallel, Integrative Curriculum, 2 Clinical L. Rev. 1 (1995) (with John B. Mitchell, Betsy R. Hollingsworth & Patricia Hall Clark).