Melissa Lee

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
Room 314
P.O. Box 222000 
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Phone: 206-398-4394


J.D., New York University School of Law, 2004
B.A., Seattle University, International Studies and Spanish, 2004


Civil Rights
Prisoners’ Rights
Juvenile Sentencing


Melissa Lee is a Staff Attorney with the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law where she works on civil rights and race equity issues, and supervises students in the Civil Rights Clinic.

She received her J.D. from New York University, and B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from Seattle University, summa cum laude. Prior to joining the Korematsu Center, she worked for 12 years in civil legal services, most recently as the Directing Attorney for the Institutions Project at Columbia Legal Services from 2011-2016. In her work, she has focused on high impact litigation, research, and policy work related to race equity, the health and safety of people in institutions and foster care, sentencing reform, reentry, and fair treatment in employment for agricultural workers. She has experience litigating in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate court levels.