Stacey L. Turmel was recently named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Valparaiso University Law School.

In her new role, Dean Turmel serves as the principal liaison between the administration, faculty and students, providing leadership and strategic direction to ensure an outstanding and supportive student experience along with fostering a strong and inclusive law school community.

Dean Turmel brings more than 20 years of legal practice experience and three years of higher education administration and experience to Valparaiso University Law School. Dean Turmel served as a former MBA program director and instructor, a former Magistrate Judge for the Supreme Court of Virginia, and currently serves as a practicing attorney and litigation consultant for a top-ranked Intellectual Property law firm. In her role as MBA program director, Dean Turmel was responsible for managing all aspects of the MBA program and served as a partner and strategist to university leadership, promoting student success through inclusion, mentoring and compliance. Dean Turmel is a frequent guest lecturer on topics such as; strategic litigation tactics, legal research and analysis, contract drafting, civil procedure, and professional ethics.

“My transition from successful trial lawyer and judicial officer to university graduate program director was an opportunity for me to see the connection points between achieving outcomes through people. Like the students I serve, I am constantly learning. I have come to Valparaiso Law with the goal of providing current and future students with an educational environment that not only facilitates a good program fit, but is also equally accessible, intellectually resourceful, ethically rich, and economically sustainable,” Dean Turmel said.

Originally from Canada, Dean Turmel is a first-generation college student and a former Army Reservist who provided domestic tactical support during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from the University of Central Florida in 1991 and her J.D. from the Stetson University College of Law in 1994 (with honors). She is a member of the Florida Bar, has been admitted to practice in the United States Federal Courts since 1995, and is a member of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). Dean Turmel regularly presents nationally on relevant legal and higher education topics related to student engagement.

Dean Turmel was a founding board member of the Board of Directors for a Florida-based domestic violence organization and represented more than 100 domestic violence victims during her tenure as the lead volunteer attorney for that organization, demonstrating her commitment to leadership and service.



Founded in 1879, Valparaiso University Law School is the 38th oldest American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school in the United States. A Midwestern school committed to diversity and service, Valparaiso University Law School attracts students and faculty with broadly different backgrounds and perspectives. They are natural leaders who are called to the law to help people and serve society as a whole. Valparaiso Law established its legal clinic in 1967, and was among the first law schools to serve the public through legal clinics that provide low-cost or no-cost representation by licensed law students. This commitment to practical education is reflected in an innovative curriculum, introduced in 2013, that supports a broad range of career options within the legal profession.