Cynthia Lee

Portrait of Cynthia Lee
Charles Kennedy Poe Research Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052


Prior to teaching, Cynthia Lee practiced with Cooper, White & Cooper in San Francisco, California and was a member of the firm's criminal defense practice group. She also clerked for Judge Harold M. Fong, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. 

Professor Lee started teaching law in 1993 at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she received the Thorsness Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 1996. In August 2001, she joined the GW Law faculty. Professor Lee teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure. She also teaches Professional Responsibility and has taught seminars on race and the criminal justice system and the Fourth Amendment.

She has written numerous law review articles and three books, Murder and the Reasonable Man: Passion and Fear in the Criminal Courtroom (NYU Press 2003); Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (West 2005) (with Angela Harris); and Searches and Seizures: The Fourth Amendment, Its Constitutional History and the Contemporary Debate (Prometheus Books 2011). Professor Lee was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2004, and served as chair of the AALS Criminal Justice Section in 2008.


BA, Stanford University; JD, University of California, Berkeley