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 Lawyering and the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic.

Following her graduation from Columbia Law School, Professor McKee spent two years as a Pro Se Law Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Afterwards, she worked as an attorney for Catawba Valley Legal Services, an organization in rural North Carolina that represents rural, low-income clients in areas of employment, income maintenance, housing, family, immigration (Violence Against Women Act petitions), and consumer law. She subsequently 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.

Professor McKee previously taught at Cornell Law School (2000-2006), where she received the Anne Lukingbeal Award for outstanding commitment to the women of Cornell in 2006. She has also taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School (2006-2007). In addition, she has taught persuasive legal writing to attorneys throughout the United States, including at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Appellate Defender Training in New Orleans, the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, the Habeas Assistance and Training Counsel’s Persuasion Institute at Cornell, the Cook County Appellate Defender’s office in Chicago, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s annual conference in San Antonio.

Professor McKee has published articles in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin and authored chapters in the legal treatise, Immigration Law & Procedure and Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs.Professor McKee is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Sixth and Ninth Circuits. She is a member of the California and North Carolina bars.


B.A., Oberlin College, 1990J.D., Columbia Law School, 1995

You may contact Professor McKee by email at or by phone at 607-255-5135.



Ian Matthew Kysel is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. He is a co-founder and directs the work of the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative, currently housed in the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.
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Kysel’s research interests lie in public and private international law, including international migration and human rights law, constitutional law, civil rights/civil liberties law, US immigration law and property law. His recent scholarship has focused on both children’s rights and the rights of migrants. Kysel has published in the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the New York University Journal of Law & Social Change and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal as well as in the peer-reviewed International Migration (forthcoming) and Journal on Migration and Human Security. He has written several human rights reports; his opinion articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Kysel has argued or participated in litigation before immigration, federal and state courts as well as international tribunals. He has provided testimony to various legislative bodies and executive or international commissions. Much of his legal work has focused on ending the detention of children and the abuse of those deprived of their liberty.

You may contact Professor Kysel by email at or by phone at 607-255-5503.