EventsAuthor Andrea Lyon: Fixing Legal Injustice in America: The Case for a Defender General of the United States

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Author Andrea Lyon: Fixing Legal Injustice in America: The Case for a Defender General of the United States

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Harold Washington Library Center


CPL welcomes lawyer, author and legal justice advocate Andrea Lyon to discuss her new book, Fixing Legal Injustice In America: The Case For A Defender General Of The United States, in conversation with attorney Tony Thedford. 

Andrea Lyon is the principal at Lyon Law and a renowned lawyer, author, speaker, professor and former Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School. Dubbed “The Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, she was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a death penalty case, and she holds an unparalleled 19 wins in 19 capital cases. Ms. Lyon has dedicated her career to advocating and upholding justice for all. In 1990, Ms. Lyon founded and directed the Illinois Capital Resource Center representing all of the death row inmates in Illinois. She is leader of academic reforms in both curriculum development and mentoring diversity in law school student and faculty populations, and has taught at University of Michigan Law School as assistant clinical professor; DePaul University College of Law as clinical professor of law, Associate Dean of Clinical Programs, and Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases; and as Dean of Valparaiso University Law School. Awards she has received include Operation Push’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson Dream-Makers Award, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Reginald Heber Smith Award for best advocate for the poor in the country, and she has been designated as learned counsel in the federal defense system.

Her publications include over fifty law review articles, over ten practice manuals and books, including The Feminine Sixth: Women in Criminal Defense, The Death Penalty: What’s Keeping it Alive, Team Defense in Criminal Cases with Mortimer Smith, Angel of Death Row and her latest book, Fixing Legal Injustice In America: The Case For A Defender General Of The United States.

Attorney Tony Thedford began his career as a Cook County Public Defender in 1997 and has never wavered in his commitment to defend the accused. After 8 years with the Public Defender, he formed his own practice in 2005. He has spent the last 17 years representing Defendants in both State and Federal courts. In addition to Criminal Defense, his firm, Thedford Garber Law, represents Plaintiffs in Civil Rights Litigation. Attorney Thedford also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the DePaul College of Law. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Federal Defender in the Northern District of Illinois. He is a Past President of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Thedford is a Legal Expert for ABC 7 news in Chicago, WGN Chicago, and the Black News Channel.  

How to Attend - In Person:
Doors to the Auditorium open at 5:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first served (350 capacity). Books are available for purchase, and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

Masks are strongly encouraged in all CPL locations. Questions about visiting the library? Check out our Using the Library FAQ.

How to Attend - Virtual:
This event will also take place live on CPL's YouTube channel and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event as well! Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later.


Automatic captioning is available via Facebook and YouTube's closed captioning setting. Need sign language interpretation or other accessibility assistance for this event? Please call (312) 747-8184 or email to request accommodations. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

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Adults: 18 and up
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