Professor Lisa Brodoff named a Woman of Courage

October 22, 2012

Professor Lisa Brodoff, director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, will be honored as a Woman of Courage by the University of Washington Women's Center. Honorees are recognized for their lasting contributions to the communities they serve by creating innovative ways to approach and solve social and political issues.  

Lisa BrodoffBrodoff teaches courses and clinics in elder law, administrative law, and estate/disability planning. Before joining the faculty, she was the chief administrative law judge for the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings and a staff attorney at Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation (now Columbia Legal Services) for 13 years, practicing in the areas of elder law and public benefits. 

She has engaged in both scholarly work and impact litigation and legislative advocacy while teaching at Seattle University School of Law. She is a frequent conference speaker on topics including the right to counsel in civil matters, end of life and disability planning, and the administrative hearing process. Brodoff was instrumental in the passage of legislation in Washington State creating the Mental Health Advance Directive (MHAD), a planning document for people with mental illness, and in the creation of a new Alzheimer's/Dementia MHAD planning tool. 

An expert on the legal issues facing elder gay men and lesbians, Brodoff wrote an amicus brief on behalf of Senior Services of Seattle/King County and SAGE, an advocacy group for LGBT elders, in the Andersen marriage equality case and was a co-author of an amicus brief for Legal Voice in the Gormley v. Robertson case, which established that the meretricious relationship doctrine can be applied to divide the property of separating gay/lesbian couples. Lisa and her partner, Lynn Grotsky, were co-petitioners in Washington State's first successful lesbian second parent adoption case. 

She will be honored Saturday, Nov. 3, at a gala at Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel.