Clinical Programs - Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic

Clinical Staff

Cornell Law School's  Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic is directed by two law school faculty members who supervise student work and provide classroom instruction. You are encouraged to contact either member of the clinical team with questions about the program.


Stephen Yale-Loehr is one of the nation's preeminent authorities on U.S. immigration and asylum law. A prolific scholar, he has written many law review articles, and is author or co-author of four standard reference works. He is of counsel to the Ithaca law firm of Miller Mayer, where he practices immigration law. In addition to co-directing the Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic each spring he teaches an immigration seminar every fall at the law school. He is the 2001 recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)'s Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2004 recipient of AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. You may contact Professor Yale-Loehr via email at or by phone at (607) 273-4200, ext. 318.


Estelle McKee

Estelle McKee teaches first-year lawyering.  Following her graduation from Columbia Law School, she spent two ears a s a Pro Se Law Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  After her clerkship, Estelle litigated as a staff attorney for Catawba Valley Legal Services, a North Carolina organization which represents rural, low-income clients in the areas of employment, income maintenance, housing, family, immigration (Violence Against Women Act petitions), and consumer law.  She also engaged in appellate and habeas practice for the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center and worked as an immigration attorney for Lawler & Lawler in San Francisco, where she specialized in preparing EB-5 regional center applications to accept foreign investment and create jobs in the United States.  Professor McKee previously taught legal writing at Cornell Law School (2000-2006) and at the University of Wisconsin Law School (2006-2007).  She is an assistant director of IMMIGRATION OPTIONS FOR INVESTORS & ENTREPRENEURS, in which she also authored two articles.  She has published in Bender's Immigration Bulletin and the legal treatise Immigration Law & Procedure.  Professor McKee is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the California and North Carolina bars.  You may contact Professor McKee by email at or by phone at 607-255-5135.