Estelle M. McKee

Clinical Professor of Law (Lawyering)
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Contact Information
Cornell Law School
251 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-5135
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Lyndsey Clark
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Estelle McKee teaches first-year 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 legal writing at Cornell Law School (2000-2006) and at the University of Wisconsin Law School (2006-2007). In addition, she has taught persuasive legal writing to attorneys 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, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s annual conference in San Antonio. She has also served on the faculty of a multi-day intensive brief-writing workshop at the Cook County Appellate Defender’s office in Chicago.

Professor McKee is an assistant editor of Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, in which she also authored two articles. She has also 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 is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Ninth Circuit, and the California and North Carolina bars.


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