Jon J. Lee

  • Professor of Practice

Office: 342
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Jon J. (McClanahan) Lee graduated first in his class from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the North Carolina Law Review and inducted into the Order of the Coif. He then clerked for The Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was an officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard.

Lee teaches courses in tort law, evidence, criminal law, remedies, and professional responsibility. His primary research interests include trademark law, professional ethics, and empirical legal studies. In addition, he teaches an innovative course for undergraduate students who have an interest in law and coaches the law school’s McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court team. From 2017-2019, Lee also served as the Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean at the Law School.

Prior to his arrival at Minnesota, Lee was a full-time faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law for eight years. In addition, he served as the Associate Dean for Administration and the Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence.

Professor Lee is a frequent speaker at national and regional law conferences, focusing on issues of law school innovation and academic success. He has been awarded Pro Bono Publico Award for Faculty Member of the Year and the Robert G. Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching from the UNC School of Law. Lee currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project of Minnesota and the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.

For further information, please consult PDF iconJon J. Lee’s curriculum vitae.


Professional Responsibility - General

Introduction to the American Legal System

William McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition Team

Moot Court Competition Team


Journal Articles

  • Leadership Evolution: The Rise of Lawyers in the C-Suite,Tulane Law Review (forthcoming 2022) Garry Jenkins
  • Catching Unfitness, 34 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 355 (2021)
    | SSRN
  • Double Standards: An Empirical Study of Patent and Trademark Discipline, 61 Boston College Law Review 1613 (2020)
    | SSRN
  • Owning Colors, 40 Cardozo Law Review 2483 (2019) Deborah R. Gerhardt
    | SSRN
  • Do Trademark Lawyers Matter?, 16 Stanford Technology Law Review 583 (2013) Deborah R. Gerhardt
    | SSRN
  • Safeguarding the Propriety of the Judiciary, 91 North Carolina Law Review 1951 (2013)
    | SSRN
  • Citizen Participation in Japanese Criminal Trials: Reimagining the Right to Trial By Jury in the United States, 37 North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation 725 (2012)
    | SSRN
  • Sharpening the Blunt Blue Pencil: Renewing the Reasons for Covenants Not to Compete in North Carolina, 90 North Carolina Law Review 1931 (2012) Kimberly M. Burke
  • The “True” Right to Trial by Jury: The Founders’ Formulation and Its Demise, 111 West Virginia Law Review 791 (2009)

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