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Stephen Lee

Professor of Law Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development



University of California, Irvine School of Law 401 E. Peltason Drive, Law 3500-K
Irvine, CA 92697-8000

Stephen Lee is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development at the University of California at Irvine School of Law.

Professor Lee writes at the intersection of administrative law and immigration law. He is particularly interested in how enforcement realities constrain immigration law and policy across a variety of contexts and institutions, especially the workplace, the criminal justice system, and the food industry.

Recent projects have examined the use of and justification for information disclosure laws that advance labor enforcement goals, the purpose and function of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, the structural implications of prosecutorial gatekeeping in state courts, and the pathologies associated with regulating employers for immigration and labor law violations. His work has been published in the Washington University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Arizona Law Review, and other legal and scholarly publications.

Professor Lee received his B.A. from Stanford University, his M.A. from UCLA, and his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. A former Fulbright Fellow, Professor Lee began his legal career at Skadden, Arps, in the Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation Group.  After that, he clerked for Judge Mary Schroeder on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and then completed a fellowship at Stanford Law School before joining the UCI Law faculty.