Lee J. Teran

Clinical Professor of Law



Lee Teran


B.A., 1970, University of Utah
J.D., 1975, University of Colorado

Lee Terán is a clinical professor of law at St. Mary’s University School of Law and directs the Immigration & Human Rights clinic. She is a 1975 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. She has been licensed to practice in Texas since 1976, and since 1984 has been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of immigration and nationality law.

Lee has litigated a number of civil rights cases concerning immigrants and refugees and was formerly a co-director of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. She has written and frequently lectures on issues relating to nationality, immigrant victims of violence, and the immigration consequences of crimes.

Lee received the 1989 Pro Bono and Professional Responsibility Award from the American Bar Association Section on Litigation, the 1990 Carol King Award from the National Immigration Project, the 1992 Jack Wasserman Litigation Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the 1998 Distinguished Faculty Award from the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association, the 2004 Elmer Fried Teaching Award from AILA, and the 2009 Excellence in Legal Service Award from MALDEF.


  • Co-director, Immigration and Refugee Rights Project
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas
  • Alice Franzke Feminist Award (2003), St. Mary’s University President’s Peace Commission


  • Board Certified, Immigration and Nationality Law


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, Immigration Project, National Lawyers’ Guild


  • American Bar Association, Pro Bono and Professional Responsibility Award, 1991
  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation, 1991
  • St. Mary’s University Alumni Association, Distinguished Faculty Award, 1998


  • Obtaining Remedies for INS Misconduct, Immigration Briefings (May, 1996)
  • Barriers to Protection at Home and Abroad: Mexican Victims of Domestic Violence and the Violence Against Women Act, 17 Boston University International Law Journal 1 (Spring, 1999)