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Valparaiso University Appoints Dean to Law School

Nationally Renowned Capital Defense Expert to Join Faculty in June 2014

Valparaiso University announces Andrea D. Lyon, J.D., will join its faculty as dean of the Law School, effective June 2, 2014. Most recently, Lyon has served as the associate dean for clinical programs at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

In her role as dean, Lyon will be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination and guidance of the Law School. Lyon brings an accomplished record of both teaching and practicing law, and she is a national expert in criminal defense.

“Andrea Lyon has been affiliated with outstanding law schools and is well known in the state of Illinois for her exemplary work on the death penalty,” said Mark R. Schwehn, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “She brings to the Valparaiso University Law School an excellent record of achievement in clinical education.”

In addition to her role as associate dean at DePaul, Lyon is a clinical professor of law, director of the Darrow Death Penalty Defense College and director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases. At the Center, she teaches in the death penalty clinic, providing instruction in doctrinal law in capital cases, trial practice, preparation and strategy, directly representing clients in state and federal court on the trial, appellate and collateral levels in capital cases.

“As a professor and practitioner, I try to inspire people to do their best,” Lyon said. “At Valpo, its evident the faculty care about their students. This is a school of opportunity where students from a diverse array of backgrounds are inspired to create change.”

Lyon is also a visiting professor of law at the Iowa Law School and the University of Michigan Law School, where she was previously an assistant clinical professor. Prior to her career as an educator, Lyon was the director of the Illinois Capital Resource Center and held several positions at the Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago, where she was the first woman to be lead counsel on a death penalty case. She eventually rose to the position of chief of the homicide task force and tried more than 100 homicide cases, many of which were capital cases.

“The match between Professor Lyon’s gifts and commitments and the Law School’s mission and curricular emphases suggests she is very much the right person for the right position at the right time,” Schwehn said. “She will make a splendid addition to our entire community of learning.”

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.

“I love seeing students do well, and in order for that to happen, I believe there needs to be an atmosphere in which professors feel like they are appreciated and have the tools they need to succeed,” Lyon said.

Lyon blogs regularly for Huffington Post and other publications and has published extensively, including defense manuals, books and journal articles. Her autobiography, “Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer,” details the 19 cases in which Lyon defended clients who were found guilty of capital murder and successfully argued for her clients’ lives to be spared.

Lyon holds a juris doctor degree from the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University. She is married to Arnold D. Glass, and they have two children, Samantha and William Glass.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Tax Law Society and V.I.T.A are looking for volunteers to prepare returns for the upcoming tax season. Each year the Tax Law Society works with the I.R.S’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to provide income tax preparation services for qualifying members of the community.

Your time volunteered with Tax Law Society and VITA counts towards your Pro Bono hourly requirement. This is a great opportunity for law students to interact personally with clients and meet their Pro Bono graduation requirement while providing a much needed community service.

A signup sheet has been placed on the VITA/Tax Law bulletin board and a formal meeting will take place on Tuesday, November, 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the Tabor classroom. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is strongly urged to attend this informational meeting.

If you cannot attend but would still like to volunteer please contact either Nate Reinking at or Frank Marshall at You may also contact the Tax Law Society at 

Criminal Procedure Class Visit to Indianapolis

On Friday, November 15, approximately 30 Criminal Procedure students will visit Indianapolis to spend time with Indiana Supreme Court Justices; Attorney General and Assistants; Federal and State trial Judges; the United States Attorney, Marion County Prosecutor; and the state and federal public defender offices. The students will with meet alums during lunch and during the evening. This is the 5th year of an annual trip through Professor Carter’s Criminal Procedure class.

Last year, two job offers came after the visit and Supreme Court Justice David extended an externship offer.

Law December Grad Finale Open House in Wesemann Cafe

Wednesday, November 20, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

• Pick-up cap, gown & hood

• Participate in mandatory financial aid exit counseling for federal student loan borrowers – Exit counseling session offered: St. Louis Classroom, 9:00 a.m.

• Verify graduation information

• Receive class gift

Participation at this event is REQUIRED

Pets for Vets 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, November 16, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Valparaiso University Fitness Center

Help a Vet Get a Pet is a program run by the Valparaiso Law School’s Military and Veterans Law Association (MVLA).  The program raises funds to pay for the adoption fee of veterans who desire to adopt a pet.  The program also partners with trainers so that a dog can be trained to aid veterans with PTSD.  All proceeds from the 5k will go directly to Help a Vet Get a Pet. The purpose of the run is to generate funds to cover the cost to veterans when adopting pets from rescue animal shelters.

Check-in is in front of the fitness center starting at 1:00 p.m. PETS ARE WELCOME! Early entry fee: $10. Please contact Josh Frank at (716)-353-2946 or for more information.   Register through the website, or at the atrium during chapel break.

Annual Law School Thanksgiving Luncheon

For more than 25 years, Valparaiso Law School has had a tradition of providing a Thanksgiving meal to students who remain behind at the Law School to study rather than venturing home for Thanksgiving Break. Once again the Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place on Monday, November 25th (the first day of Thanksgiving Break) from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., in the Wesemann Café.

Tickets for the Luncheon are now on sale at the Law Library’s circulation desk. The cost of each ticket is $8.00, with $2.00 from each ticket sale being donated to Hilltop Neighborhood House, a local non-profit dedicated to serving those in need in the Hilltop community surrounding the Law School. In addition to the monetary donation provided to Hilltop House, a food drive will be held to benefit Hilltop’s food pantry. If you would like to contribute, you are invited to bring a canned or boxed good with you to the luncheon. Particular items needed now include canned meats (tuna / spam), canned ravioli, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, cereal, and waxed paper.

3L Bar Examination Information Session

ASP will be hosting a 3L Bar Examination Information Session on Wednesday, November 13th at 1:30 p.m., in Ulbricht.  The session will cover the bar application process, applicable deadlines, and other basic bar examination information.

Wesemann Café Menu

For the menu (week of 11/11/13), please click on the following link: Menu