On July 1, 2014, Andrea D. Lyon, J.D., will begin her tenure as the twelfth and first female dean of Valparaiso University Law School. Lyon will replace interim dean and longtime faculty member Ivan Bodensteiner, who will return to teaching. In her role as dean, Lyon will be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of the law school. “Practicing law is more than a job, it is a calling, thus Valpo law embraces our theme Valparaiso: Called to the Law” says Lyon. “Valparaiso Law is a community dedicated to excellence in legal education as well as social justice. In short, it is a special place and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
“It’s a great honor to assume the role of dean at Valparaiso Law School,” says Lyon. “The law school has a terrific faculty and staff, a talented student body and loyal alumni. To meet the needs of the changing dynamics of the legal profession, the law school has revamped its curriculum to integrate practical skills into doctrinal and clinical courses. Says Lyon, “The enhanced curriculum will help our students gain practical experience in key themes such as advocacy, government and business. The curriculum will help our students fully develop the core competencies required of an entry-level practitioner.”
Andrea Lyon earned her B.A. from Rutgers University and J.D. from Antioch School of Law. Most recently, Lyon served at the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where she was the Associate Dean of Clinical Programs and Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases. Prior to joining the DePaul University College of Law, Andrea founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty. Andrea began her legal career at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, where her last position was Chief of the Homicide Task Force.
About Valparaiso University Law School
For more than 135 years, Valparaiso University Law School has empowered talented individuals to realize personal and professional success. Nine “live client” clinics, a nationally recognized externship program, and a commitment to innovation highlight a program of education that serves as both a path to a career and a path to personal and professional growth. Located in Northwest Indiana and metropolitan Chicago, Valparaiso Law has one of the most diverse law student bodies in the country. The faculty is distinguished by their commitment to student success and their continuing impact on the advancement of law and legal understanding.