Professor Lyon is an associate clinical professor of law and director of the DePaul Center for Justice in Capital Cases and Death Penalty Legal Clinic. In 1976, she joined the Cook County Illinois Public Defender’s Office, concluding her service there as chief of the Homicide Task Force. She has tried over 130 homicide cases, both while with the Public Defender’s office and since. She has defended over 30 potential capital cases at the trial level and has taken 19 through penalty phase; she has won all 19. In 1990, she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty. 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.