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.

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  • Stephen Lee, Foreign Aid and the Economic Expressions of Affinity (in progress)
  • Stephen Lee, Immigrant Entrepreneurialism in an Era of Workplace Enforcement (in progress)
  • Stephen Lee, Undocumented Civil Procedure (book chapter), A CRITICAL GUIDE TO CIVIL PROCEDURE (eds., Brooke Coleman, Suzette Malveaux, Portia Pedro, Elizabeth Porter) (forthcoming 2019)
  • Stephen Lee, Training Undocumented Lawyers, 10 UC IRVINE LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2019)
  • Stephen Lee, Family Separation as Slow Death, 119 COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2019)
  • Stephen Lee, Deferred Action through the Eyes of Government Lawyers (with Sameer M. Ashar), 87 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 1879 (2019)
  • Stephen Lee, Citizenship Matters: Conceptualizing Belonging in an Era of Fragile Inclusions (with Jennifer Chacón (lead author) and Sameer Ashar and Susan Bibler Coutin), 52 UC DAVIS LAW REVIEW 1 (2018)
  • Stephen Lee, Deferred Action and the Discretionary State: Migration, Precarity and Resistance (with Susan Bibler Coutin (lead author), Sameer Ashar, and Jennifer Chacón), 21 CITIZENSHIP STUDIES 951 (2017)
  • Stephen Lee, The Food We Eat and the People Who Feed Us, 94 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1249 (2017)
  • Prof. Lee's Scholarly Papers on SSRN
  • Oct. 7, 2019:
    Motivations and Consequences of Undocumented Migration from Korea, Korea University and UCI Law School Annual Joint Symposium, Korea University School of Law, Seoul, Korea
  • May 30, 2019:
    Family Separation as Slow Death, Theorizing the Interior (chair and panelist), Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • May 8, 2019:
    Undocumented Civil Procedure, A Critical Guide to Civil Procedure, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
  • April 22, 2019:
    Family Separation as Slow Death, Invited Workshop Presentation, Pepperdine Law School, Malibu, CA
  • March 1, 2019:
    Current Strategies for Decolonizing the Ivory Tower (moderator), Decolonizing Higher Education Workshop – Aoki Center, UC Davis School of Law, Davis, CA
  • Feb. 13, 2019:
    The Family Separation Administration, Trump: Anti-immigrant Rhetoric, Actions and Policies, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico