Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Community Development Clinic
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 418
Administrative Assistant: Melanie Hanson
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 413
J.D., Harvard University, 1999
B.A., cum laude, Yale University, 1994
Areas of Expertise
Affordable Housing Law and Finance
Clinical Legal Theory
Community Development Law
Lee joined the faculty in the Community Development Clinic in 2011, where she focuses on community development law, including business entities, non-profit organizations, state and local government, affordable housing, and transactional and regulatory lawyering. Prior to joining the University of Baltimore faculty, Lee taught in the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic at American University, Washington College of Law, which focused on serving Spanish-speaking daycare providers in expanding their home-based businesses and building advocacy organizations; addressing tax-exemption and social enterprise issues; assisting with structuring a shared equity program for a housing cooperative; educating low-income tenants on language access rights; teaching legal advocacy in non-dispute settings; and using mediation techniques to facilitate decision-making with group clients.
Prior to joining American, Lee was a partner at a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C. specializing in federal affordable housing law, policy, and finance. Her experience at the firm included handling complex housing and community development transactions, representing local government agencies and non-profit housing developers, and working closely with regulators to structure public-private partnerships. Lee also clerked for Judge Marvin Katz in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and practiced land use law in Los Angeles. As a law student, she co-directed the certification training for the Harvard Mediation Program and was an editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.
Beginning in 2007 and continuing through the fall of 2011, Lee served on the Advisory Committee for the District of Columbia Bar Community Economic Development Pro Bono Project, which received the Frederick B. Abramson Award in 2011. Lee was instrumental in establishing the Pro Bono Project's early child care initiative, which assists day-care operators in expanding their small, home-based businesses. The project helps these small businesses navigate regulatory processes, enabling them to offer high-quality education to more low-income, bilingual children at minimal cost, and expands opportunities both for child care entrepreneurs and for the working parents who are their clients.
Articles and Essays
Can You Hear Me Now?: Making Participatory Governance Work for the Poor, 7 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. 405 (2013).
Innovations in Teaching Business Organizations, Teaching Methods News. (AALS, Washington, D.C.), Spring 2014, at 26.
Talks and Presentations
Co-Presenter, Creating, Adapting and Assessing Clinical Experiences, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education (Apr. 2014).
Commenter on Work-In-Progress by Prof. Crisarla Houston, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, Bigger is Better: Expanding the Conceptualization of Stereotype Vulnerability to Better Address the Racial Achievement Gap in Law Schools, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (Jan. 2014).
Panelist, Real World Experiential Learning, University of Baltimore Teaching and Learning Day (Fall 2013).