Professor of Law
Administrative law, immigration 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 and justification of discretionary decision making in immigration enforcement policy, 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 or will be published in the 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. in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. A former Fulbright Fellow, Professor Lee worked at Skadden, Arps, clerked for Judge Mary Schroeder on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and completed a fellowship at Stanford Law School before joining the UCI Law faculty.
Current Courses:Procedural Analysis
Procedural Analysis, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Seminar, Administrative Law, Immigration Law & Policy, Writing for Law Review, Immigration Colloquium, Food Law Survey
- Stephen Lee, Growing Up Outside the Law, 128 Harv. L. Rev. 1405 (2014).
- Stephen Lee, Policing Wage Theft in the Day Labor Market, 4 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 655 (2014).
- Stephen Lee, De Facto Immigration Courts, 101 Cal. L. Rev. 553 (2013).
- Stephen Lee, Screening for Solidarity, 80 U. Chi. L. Rev. 225 (2013).
- Stephen Lee, Workplace Enforcement Workarounds, 21 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 549 (2012).
- Stephen Lee, Monitoring Immigration Enforcement, 53 Ariz. L. Rev. 1089 (2011).
- Stephen Lee, Private Immigration Screening in the Workplace, 61 Stan. L. Rev. 1103 (2008).
- Prof. Lee's Scholarly Papers on SSRN
- October 28, 2016:
Participant, “Convergences and Differences among Undocumented Youth: Preliminary Thoughts Regarding Policy Design,” Incorporating Undocumented Students and Youth: A UC-Wide Workshop of Research and Policy Recommendations, UC Irvine
- May 22-May 24, 2014:
Speaker, Immigration Law Professors Workshop, UCI Law
- June 13-14, 2013:
Planning Committee Chair, 2013 Emerging Immigration Law Scholars and Teacher Conference, UCI Law
- Jan. 11, 2013:
Panelist on “The Political Theory of Immigration Policy,” Perspectives on Migration, Governance, and Citizenship symposium at Duke Law
- April 20, 2012:
Speaker, Critical Race Theory and Empirical Methods Symposium, UCI Law
- March 17, 2012:
Panelist on “Law Professor Job Market: Strategies for Preparation and Success,” Breaking In: How to Become a Law Professor or Work in Legal Education conference at Chapman University School of Law
- April 7, 2011:
Discussion leader, PERSPECTIVES Law Student Reading Group, UCI Law
- Feb. 17-18, 2011:
Speaker, Immigration Law Symposium, UCI Law
- Oct. 26, 2010:
Speaker on “Unauthorized Migrant, Information Policy, and Workplace Enforcement,” CCIS Research Seminar Series, UC San Diego
- The Conversation: Profs. Ashar, Chacón, Lee write: Trump's policies will affect four groups of undocumented immigrants
- Orange County Register: Prof. Lee participates in Asian Americans Advancing Justice community forum
- The Washington Post: Dean Chemerinsky and 17 UCI Law professors among more than 1,200 law school faculty nationwide opposing nomination of Sessions as Attorney General
- ALI News: Prof. Lee elected to American Law Institute
- L.A. Times: Prof. Lee says employers may face more immigration sanctions