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Eumi K. Lee

University of California Hastings College of the Law
Associate Clincial Professor of Law
San Francisco, CA, USA


Eumi K. Lee is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Professor Lee teaches Roles & Ethics in Practice, a professional responsibility course that examines ethical and institutional issues within the profession. In addition, she teaches criminal law seminars and the Individual Representation Clinic, which serves low-income and indigent clients in housing, benefits, and employment cases.

Prior to joining the faculty at Hastings, Professor Lee practiced at Keker & Van Nest LLP and Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, focusing on criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. In private practice, she represented a broad spectrum of clients in federal and state court, administrative proceedings, and on the appellate level. She served as co-counsel in City and County of San Francisco v. Cobra Solutions, Inc., 38 Cal. 4th 839 (2006), involving the disqualification of the San Francisco City Attorney and his staff and the limits of ethical screens in government agencies. Throughout her career, she has engaged in extensive amounts of pro bono litigation involving immigration and civil rights issues, including an amicus brief on behalf of Fred Korematsu, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and various civil rights organizations, in the Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 (2004).

Professor Lee received her B.A. from Pomona College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated with honors. After graduating from Georgetown, she served as a law clerk for both the Honorable Jerome Turner of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Presently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian American Bar Association, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Asian Law Caucus.  She has moderated and spoken on numerous panels on a wide variety of topics, including clinical pedagogy, pro bono work, emerging issues in criminal law, and prosecutorial ethics. In addition, she has developed and taught training programs and law school classes concerning ethical issues arising in administrative, civil, and criminal law contexts. Professor Lee has received the Minority Bar Coalition's Rising Star Award and accepted the API Legal Outreach's Legal Impact Award on behalf of the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic for her co-founding of a free monthly clinic at Hastings.

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