Stephen Lee

Professor of Law

Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development

Stephen Lee


Administrative law, immigration law


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.

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 ReviewMichigan Law Review, Harvard Law ReviewCalifornia Law ReviewUniversity of Chicago Law ReviewStanford Law ReviewArizona Law Review, and other legal and scholarly publications.

Prior Courses:

Procedural Analysis, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Seminar, Administrative Law, Immigration Law & Policy, Writing for Law Review, Immigration Colloquium, Food Law Survey

  • Jan. 6, 2018: 
    Commentator, “Immigration Law Works in Progress,” AALS Annual Meeting 2018, San Diego, CA
  • 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