Virginia M. Vermillion

Adjunct Professor
Interim Director of the Trial Team
Assistant Dean for Academic Administration & Dean of Students


Virginia Vermillion is the assistant dean for academic administration and dean of students. With the assistance of those in Student Services, she serves as an advocate for students and student organizations, manages the many student awards, implements the College’s academic policies, facilitates course and examination schedules, hosts Orientation and Convocation, serves on various unit and campus committees, and, most importantly, counsels with the College of Law students. She earned her B.S.W. with honors from the University of Illinois College of Social work in 1982 and her J.D. from the College of Law in 1986. As a College of Law student, she was a Harno Scholarship recipient, a Rickert Scholar for Oral Advocacy, a finalist in the Frederick Green Moot Court Competition and in the Thomas Competition for Oral Advocacy, a third place recipient in the Client Counseling Competition, a member of the Moot Court Board of Editors, a tribune for the Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity, and the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Remedies.

Dean Vermillion practiced law in Chicago from 1987 to 1999, serving as an associate and then partner with firms involved in national and international litigation. She returned to Illinois in 1999, serving as the College’s director and assistant dean for career services before moving to her present position in 2003.


BSW, JD University of Illinois


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