Donna Hae Kyun Lee is a Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. She has taught in the Family Law Practice Clinic and Defenders Clinic, as well as Law and Family Relations (LFR), Criminal Procedure, the Rights of People in Prisons and Jails, and in CUNY’s Lawyering Program.

Professor Lee joined the faculty of CUNY Law to teach in the Battered Women’s Rights Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic addressing domestic violence issues from legal and social work perspectives. She teaches and writes at the intersection of family law and criminal law, for example, publishing Intimate Partner Violence Against Asian American Women: Moving From Theory to Strategy in the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law. She currently serves as the Advisory Board Chair of Womankind (formerly the NY Asian Women’s Center), an organization that advocates for and serves Asian women and children affected by domestic violence, and a Board Member of the Society of American Law Teachers.

Prior to joining CUNY Law, Professor Lee taught at Brooklyn Law School in the Federal Litigation Clinic and at New York University (NYU) Law School in the Lawyering Program. She also worked at the National Prison Project of the ACLU Foundation in Washington, DC, and the Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society in New York City. Professor Lee additionally clerked on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

She is a graduate of NYU Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the NYU Law Review, and later served as the President of the Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association (now the Law Alumni of Color Association). She received her B.A. in history from Brown University.

Why I Teach at CUNY Law

“I teach at CUNY Law because our students, faculty, and staff are passionate about our social justice mission and recognize that diversifying the legal profession is a critical step towards achieving this goal.”

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