Jon McClanahan Lee

  • Assistant Dean
  • Chief of Staff & Professor of Practice

Office: 381B
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Jon McClanahan Lee serves as an Assistant Dean and is the Chief of Staff to the Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School. 

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, serving in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Prior to arriving at the University of Minnesota Law School, McClanahan Lee was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Law for eight years. He taught courses in Contract Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Remedies, and Professional Responsibility. In addition, he served as the Associate Dean for Administration and the Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence.

McClanahan Lee is a frequent speaker at national and regional law conferences, focusing on issues of law school innovation and academic success. His primary research interests include contracts, professional ethics, and empirical legal studies. 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.

For further information on Jon McClanahan Lee, please consult his PDF iconcurriculum vitae.




Professional Responsibility - General

Evidence Drafting


Journal Articles

  • Owning Colors, 40 Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming 2019) Deborah Gerhardt
  • 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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