After nearly fourteen years at the DePaul University Law School, and having served as the associate dean for clinical programs at DePaul University College of Law, Professor Andrea D. Lyon, J.D., will join the faculty of the Valparaiso University School of Law, as dean of the Law School, effective June 2, 2014.
In addition to her role as associate dean at DePaul, she is a clinical professor of law and director of the Darrow Death Penalty Defense College and director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases. She is a nationally recognized expert in the field of death penalty defense and a frequent continuing legal education teacher throughout the country.
In an email to DePaul staff, she expresses her gratitude for her time at DePaul :
"Here at DePaul I have had the opportunity to work with many brilliant and dedicated faculty and staff, to have helped to grow both the scope and the strength of our clinical offerings, and to see the end of the death penalty here in Illinois. It has been and will always remain my honor to have taught here, and I cannot begin to tell you all how grateful I have been for this opportunity."
Legal education along with the legal profession and the legal services marketplace, have all been experiencing forces pushing for basic changes. Prof. Lyon cites the willingness of Valparaiso law school to respond to these imperatives in law schools, as a reason for accepting Valparaiso's invitation to become dean.
"Recently, the Law School implemented an overhauled curriculum that weaves skills into courses on legal doctrine. Students will gain practical experience in key themes including advocacy, government, and business. Through these enhancements, Valpo law students will further develop the core competencies required of an entry-level practitioner. Lyon said this curriculum, along with Valpo’s commitment to graduating students who have a broad range of skills, drew her to the University." ( News release from Valparaiso Law School )
Just as Professor Lyon has made enduring contributions to DePaul, her knowledge, expertise and passion will also enrich the life at the Valparaiso School of Law. Best of luck to her !