- Associate Professor of Law
B.A., University of North Carolina
J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
- Legal Ethics
- Intellectual Property
- Lawyers and the Legal Profession
Professor Jon J. Lee is a nationally recognized scholar in both legal ethics and intellectual property law. Within the field of legal ethics, Professor Lee examines the extent to which lawyer codes and disciplinary procedures promote ethical practice and protect the public. His work in intellectual property law explores the outer limits of trademark protection and the lawyer’s role in trademark prosecution.
Professor Lee graduated first in his class from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the North Carolina Law Review and inducted into the Order of the Coif. He then clerked for The Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was an officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard.
Prior to his arrival at OU Law, Professor Lee was a full-time faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School. While at Minnesota, he served as the Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean. Professor Lee began his teaching career as a clinical faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he also served as the Associate Dean for Administration and Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence.
Professor Lee is a frequent speaker at national conferences, where he presents on law school innovation and academic success. He serves or has served on the Content Scope Committee for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the Board of Directors for the Great North Innocence Project, and the Board of Directors for the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. In 2022, Professor Lee received the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Minnesota Law School. He also received the Robert G. Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching from the UNC School of Law and the Pro Bono Publico Faculty Award for his efforts to provide legal services to vulnerable populations.
- Evidence 5314
- Professional Responsibility 5323
- Property 5234
- Trademarks 6223
- Racism and Trademark Abandonment, 91 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2023).
- Private Sanctions, Public Harms, 48 BYU L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2023).
- Seven Principles for Leading Antiracist Change in Higher Education (with G. Jenkins), in Building an Antiracist Law School, Legal Academy, and Legal Profession ___ (Univ. of California Press forthcoming 2023).
- Leadership Evolution: The Rise of Lawyers in the C-Suite (with G. Jenkins), 96 Tulane L. Rev. 695 (2022).
- A Tale of Four Decades: Lessons From USPTO Trademark Prosecution Data (with D. Gerhardt), 112 Trademark Rep. 865 (2022) (peer-reviewed).
- Catching Unfitness, 34 Georgetown J. Legal Ethics 355 (2021).
- Double Standards: An Empirical Study of Patent and Trademark Discipline, 61 Boston College L. Rev. 1613 (2020).
- Owning Colors (with D. Gerhardt), 40 Cardozo L. Rev. 2483 (2019).
- Safeguarding the Propriety of the Judiciary, 91 N.C. L. Rev. 1951 (2013).
- Do Trademark Lawyers Matter? (with D. Gerhardt), 16 Stanford Tech. L. Rev. 583 (2013).
- Citizen Participation in Japanese Criminal Trials: Reimagining the Right to Trial By Jury in the United States, 37 N.C. J. Int'l & Comm. Reg. 725 (2012).
- Sharpening the Blunt Blue Pencil: Renewing the Reasons for Covenants Not to Compete in North Carolina (with K. Burke), 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1931 (2012).
- The “True” Right to Trial by Jury: The Founders’ Formulation and Its Demise, 111 W. Va. L. Rev. 791 (2009).
- North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit