Stephen Lee

Professor of Law
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. Previously, Professor Lee worked at Skadden, Arps, and clerked for Judge Mary Schroeder on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.  Prior to joining the UCI law faculty, he was a Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School.

Professor Lee writes about immigrants and immigration law. Past scholarship has addressed how enforcement realities constrain immigration law and policy across a variety of contexts, including the workplace, the criminal justice system, the food industry, and our banking system; the legal, political, and empirical significance of deferred action programs; and how the law enables violence across the immigration system.   Recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming in the Duke Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review among other publications. 

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  • Jennifer M. Chacón, Susan Bibler Coutin, and Stephen Lee. Legal Phantoms Executive Action and the haunting failures of Immigration Law. Stanford University Press. (2024)
  • Stephen Lee. The Lives and Livelihood of Migrants, 71 DUKE LAW JOURNAL ___ (forthcoming 2022)
  • STEPHEN LEE. CONFRONTING DEFERRAL (with Sameer Ashar, Jennifer Chacón, and Susan Bibler Coutin) (under contract with Stanford University Press)
  • Stephen Lee. The Racialization of the People Who Feed Us (book chapter), in RACE, RACISM, AND THE LAW HANDBOOK (eds., Aziza Ahmed & Guy-Uriel Charles) (forthcoming 2022)
  • Stephen Lee, Racial Justice for Street Vendors, 12 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW ONLINE 1 (2021) (solicited piece for the symposium “Reckoning and Reformation: Reflections and Legal Responses to Racial Subordination and Structural Marginalization”)
  • Stephen Lee, Undocumented Civil Procedure (book chapter), in A CRITICAL GUIDE TO CIVIL PROCEDURE (eds., Brooke Coleman, Suzette Malveaux, Portia Pedro, and Elizabeth Porter) (forthcoming 2022)
  • Stephen Lee, Training Undocumented Lawyers, 10 UC IRVINE LAW REVIEW 453 (2020)
  • Stephen Lee, Family Separation as Slow Death, 119 COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW 2319 (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
  • June 6, 2024
    Reader,  “Engage and Evade: How Latino Immigrant Families Manage Surveillance in Everyday Life,” Author Meets Reader Session for Asad Asad (Stanford University)Law and Society Association’s Annual Meeting 
  • February 9, 2024
    ClassCrits XIV themed “Demanding Justice in the Face of Retrenchment: Finding Common Ground and Building Coalition Across Borders.” Panel discussion “Immigration—Identity, Violence and Mobility”