Jennifer J. LeeAssistant Clinical Professor of Law
Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Lee was a farm worker attorney both at Colorado Legal Services (CLS) and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). She represented farm workers in employment cases, including wage and hour, civil rights, and human trafficking litigation, as well as in immigration cases for victims of crime (U visa) and human trafficking (T visa). She was also involved in community education, policy, and legislative advocacy on behalf of farm workers. Lee is best known for her work with H-2A sheepherders, an extremely vulnerable population of immigrant workers who face egregious working conditions. For this work, Lee received recognition as an awardee of the Paul and Shelia Wellstone Award (to combat human trafficking).
Earlier in her career she was a staff attorney at the ACLU of Colorado, a Clifton Everett Fellow at LANC working with immigrant victims of domestic violence and a Staff Attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services representing low-income tenants. Lee clerked for the Hon. Franklin Van Antwerpen in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania following her graduation from law school.
Lee is the Legal Director of the Sheller Center for Social Justice. She directs the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic where students represent low-wage workers in wage theft cases and work collaboratively with community based organizations and legal nonprofits on more systemic issues, by assisting with community education, policy analysis, and legislative reform.
Lee’s research interests include immigrant workers, movement lawyering, and access to justice. She is particularly interested in connecting her scholarship to current social justice advocacy efforts on behalf of underserved populations.
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