Beth Lyon

Director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic

& Professor of Law


    Professor Beth Lyon joined the Villanova Law School in the Fall of 2001, where she is the founding Director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, founding Co-Director of the Community Interpreter Internship Program, and Professor of Law. Professor Lyon received her B.A. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, her M.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown Law School, she was the managing editor of Law and Policy in International Business (since renamed Georgetown Journal of International Law) and a Ford Foundation Fellow, working in Lima, Peru for the Comisión Andina de Juristas. Prior to joining the Villanova faculty, Professor Lyon was a staff attorney for Human Rights First, a consultant at the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, and the recipient of a three year teaching fellowship at the International Human Rights Clinic at Washington College of Law, American University.

Professor Lyon was recently appointed to the Advisory Group of the American Bar Association Language Access Standards Project, Co-Chairs the Human Rights Committee of the Society of American Law Teachers Board of Directors, and Praxis Coordinator for the Steering Committee of the Board of Directors of Latina & Latino Critical Theory, Inc. She is also Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Friends of Farmworkers, a non-profit legal services agency that serves immigrant workers in Pennsylvania, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Workers Justice Alliance, a non-profit agency that trains and assists advocates whose clients have returned to Mexico and Guatemala. Professor Lyon also Chairs the Treaty Ratification Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil and Equal Rights Committee.

Professor Lyon is a national authority on the laws and policies affecting immigrant workers. She has written extensively on domestic and international immigrant and farm worker rights, and generally about the human rights of the poor. Her publications are widely cited in academic and practitioner publications, and she has been quoted in various news media outlets. Professor Lyon is also a frequent speaker and panelist for academic and bar association conferences, speaking both about policy questions and also about practical issues of lawyering through interpreters and providing legal services to rural minorities.

Practice Experience

  • Centre On Housing Rights And Evictions
    Consultant Summer 2000
  • Human Rights First
    Staff Attorney January 1995 – July 1998
  • D.C.Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    Consultant Fall 1994
  • Comisión Andina De Juristas,Lima Office
    Ford Foundation Fellow Summer 1993
  • United States Supreme Court Library
    Research Intern 1991 - 1993
Professor Beth Lyon

Office: Rm 135, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-7126
Fax: 610-519-6249


Courses and Seminars

  • Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic
  • Advanced Clinic


Georgetown University Law Center Juris Doctor, 1994
Ford Foundation Fellow
Managing Editor, Georgetown Journal of International Law

Georgetown University, School Of Foreign Service
Master of Science, 1994

University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill B.A., 1988