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Lyon, Andrea D.

Visiting Clinical Professor
Winter 2014

439 Hutchins Hall
Prof. Andrea D. Lyon is a clinical professor of law, associate dean for clinical programs, and director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases at DePaul University College of Law. She graduated from Rutgers University and the Antioch School of Law.

She first worked for the Cook County Public Defenders' Office, working in the felony trial division, post-conviction/habeas corpus unit, preliminary hearing/first municipal (misdemeanor) unit, and the appeals division. Her last position there was as chief of the Homicide Task Force, a 22-lawyer unit representing persons accused of homicides. She has tried over 130 homicide cases, and has defended more than 30 potential capital cases at the trial level. She has taken 19 through penalty phase, winning all of them.

In 1990, she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the Michigan Law faculty as an assistant clinical professor in 1995. A winner of the prestigious National Legal Aid and Defender Association's Reginald Heber Smith Award for best advocate for the poor in the country, she is a nationally recognized expert in the field of death penalty defense and a frequent continuing legal education teacher throughout the country. In 1998, she was awarded the Justice for All Award at the National Conference on Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty. In 2003, she received the lifetime achievement award from the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, while in 2011, she was awarded the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty: Outstanding Legal Service Award.

Prof. Lyon is the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer (Kaplan, 2010). Read more here.

Also see Prof. Lyon's DePaul website.