We got the very sad news this week that Arizona lawyer Jane Reddin had died. But that label “lawyer” says so little about someone who had done so much.

Yes, she was a successful lawyer at Lewis and Roca in Phoenix. But the fascinating paths she trod after that career give us insight into the kind of person she was. She was, and is, an inspiration.

I had known of Jane’s work for years but didn’t write about her until she opened up her Phoenix art gallery and store called “Practical Art.” We featured her in the June 2008 issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine, in what had to be one of our very first “Change of Venue” columns, where we highlight fascinating lawyers doing things you might not expect.

Here is some of what Jane told us in 2008 about her plunging into the new endeavor:

Do you ever go through those exercises where you say, “If money were no object, and you could do anything you wanted …?” Friends have said to me, “This is so wonderful; I wish I could do that.” And I said to every one of them, “You really could.” If you sit down and think about your priorities, you don’t need to make as much money as you do.
I finally came to the conclusion, if I don’t do it, I’m going to spend the rest of my life going, “I wonder how that would have turned out.”

You should visit Practical Art online and on Facebook. Ever the wise lawyer, Jane ensured her gallery’s continuation even after her death. Stop by at 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

View Map to Practical Art

Rest in peace, Jane.

Here is her complete obituary from the Arizona Republic.