Matthew Lyon

Acting Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Law

B.A., College of William and Mary
M.P.A., Syracuse University
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Matthew Lyon is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law. From 2008 to 2011, he served as the Senior Judicial Clerk to Justice Gary R. Wade of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Prior to working for Justice Wade, Professor Lyon was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. His practice focused on securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and energy regulatory work. He has represented corporations and their officers and directors in federal securities fraud class actions, SEC investigations, and directors’ and officers’ liability claims. He also counseled Illinois’ largest electric utility regarding a variety of regulatory and legislative matters. In addition, he was involved in the firm’s pro bono efforts, representing a death row prisoner in Alabama in his post-conviction proceedings. Professor Lyon is a member of the Tennessee bar and is also licensed (but currently inactive) in Illinois.

Professor Lyon graduated cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was co-champion of the school’s internal moot court competition, a member of the National Moot Court team, and Coordinating Comment Editor of The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. During law school, Professor Lyon externed for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, both in the Northern District of Illinois, and was a research assistant to Professor Dorothy Roberts.

Prior to law school, Professor Lyon worked as a Social Science Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. In that role, he helped develop a research agenda to evaluate the effects of the 1996 welfare reform law and worked with states and private research organizations to conduct and analyze that research. Professor Lyon holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.

Professor Lyon served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the DSOL for two years prior to joining the full-time faculty. His research is focused on business law, civil litigation, and the interaction between the federal and state procedural systems. Professor Lyon teaches Civil Procedure and Contracts.


Foreword: Navigating the Political Divide: Lessons From Lincoln (symposium issue) (w/ 2013 J.D. William Evans)Lincoln Mem. Univ. L. Rev. (2013)

Contested Elections as Secret Weapon: Legislative Control over Judicial Decisionmaking (with Judy M. Cornett), Albany L. Rev. (2012)

Redefining Summary Judgment by Statute: The Legislative History of Tennessee Code Annotated section 20-16-101 (with Judy M. Cornett), Tenn. J.L. & Pol’y (2011)

Shady Grove, the Rules Enabling Act, and the Application of State Summary Judgment Standards in Federal Diversity CasesSt. John’s L. Rev. (2011)

No Means No?: Withdrawal of Consent During Intercourse and the Continuing Evolution of the Definition of RapeJournal of Criminal Law and Criminology (2004)


“The MBCA’s Universal Demand Requirement at Twenty-Five: Has it Worked as Intended?”: Fifth Annual National Business Law Scholars ConferenceLoyola Law School (2014)

“Using Clicker Technology to Develop Transactional Skills in the First-Year Contracts Course”: Fourth Biennial Conference on Transactional EducationEmory Law School(2014)

“Recent Limitations on Private Rights of Action Against Insurance Companies in Tennessee”Knoxville Bar Association CLE on Emerging Issues in Insurance Law,Knoxville Bar Association CLE on Emerging Issues in Insurance Law (2013)

“Workers’ Compensation and the Separation of Powers in Tennessee”Tennessee Association for Justice Seminar on Workers’ Compensation (2012)

Redefining Summary Judgment By Statute: Has the General Assembly Overruled the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Decision in Hannan? (with Judy M. Cornett), CLE Presentation to East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (2012)

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Lincoln Memorial University - John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is provisionally accredited
by the American Bar Association. The earliest LMU-DSOL may apply for ABA full accreditation is December 2016.

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