Lisa Brodoff

Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 117
(206) 398-4145


B.A., University of Vermont, 1977
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1980; Law Review note and comment editor
Admitted to practice in Washington State: U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Trusts and Estates
Elder Law


Administrative Law Clinic (ADMN-400-A)


Professor Brodoff 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. She joined the faculty in 1997.

Professor Brodoff has engaged in both scholarly work and impact litigation/legislative advocacy while teaching at Seattle University. Her areas of expertise are in the rights of sexual minorities, people with disabilities, the elderly, and public assistance beneficiaries; and in clinical law teaching theory. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and continuing legal education programs on topics including the right to counsel in civil matters, 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. She also created a new and innovative planning document for people with Alzheimer's Disease and other types of dementia - the Alzheimer's/Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive.

In addition to her scholarship, speaking, and impact work, Professor 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 appellate judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System.



Introduction: Civil Legal Representation, 9 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 1 (2011).

Planning for Alzheimer's Disease with Mental Health Advance Directives, 17 Elder L. Journal 240 (2010).

Can the Professor Come Out and Play?  Scholarship, Teaching, and Theories of Play, Journal of Legal Education Vol. 5804 (2009) (with Bryan Adamson, Marilyn Berger, Anne Enquist, Paula Lustbader, and John B. Mitchell).

Lifting Burdens: Proof, Social Justice, and Public Assistances Administrative Hearings, 32 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 131 (2008).

The ADA: One Avenue to Appointed Counsel Before a Full Civil Gideon, 2 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 609 (2004) (with Susan McClellan and Elizabeth Anderson).

Implementing Psychiatric Advance Directives: Provider Issues and Answers, 30 J. Behav. Health Servs. and Res. 253 (2003) (with Debra Srebnik).