SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF LAW Raven Lidman passed away peacefully on the morning of Nov. 12,
surrounded by her family.
A few weeks before her death, she sat down
with Lisa Brodoff, a friend of nearly 40 years, at the
dining room table of Lidman’s Tumwater home to
talk about her life, the things she’d accomplished, the
path of her career, and the impact she’s had.
Brodoff recorded that conversation and provided
a copy to NWLawyer. In the recording, you can hear
the sounds of spoons clinking against mugs of tea.
There’s the dinging of a microwave and running
water as someone rustles around in the kitchen; the
skittering of dog claws scraping against the floor
from two yellow Labradors, Trapper and Captain;
and the loud squawk of a bird, Budgita. Then
there’s the silence, punctuated by the hiss of a long,
When the recording was made, the treatment for
Lidman’s cancer had stopped working and she was
placed in hospice care. A lawyer of 40 years, Lidman
continued to work after her retirement in 2013, and
even after her diagnosis, most recently fighting for
the synagogue she and Brodoff attended to establish
a sanctuary policy.
In her final days, a Washington lawyer and
her longtime friend look back on the legacy
of a lifetime of legal service.
Photo: Anna Christine Larson