Ellen Yee Prof ile
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Professor of Law
Director of International Programs

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Psychiatry and the Law, Trial Advocacy


J.D. University of Minnesota
  Minnesota Law Review, Associate Managing Editor
B.A. Yale University, cum laude


Drake Professor since 2005
Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida State University
College of Law
Deputy District Attorney for Marin County, California
Judicial Extern, Honorable Franklin L. Noel, United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Selected Publications

Forfeiture of the Confrontation Right In Giles: Justice Scalia’s Faint-Hearted Fidelity to the Common Law, 100
J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 1495 (2010).

Confronting the “Ongoing Emergency”: A Pragmatic Approach to Hearsay Evidence in the Context of the Sixth Amendment, 35 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 729 - 799 (2008).

Ohio v. Roberts, entry in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (David S. Tanenhaus, editor) (Macmillan Reference USA, 2008)

Significant Accomplishments

Expert Evidence: A Lawyer’s Perspective – Speaker, American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar, St. Petersburg, FL (March 2010)

Learning from Caperton: Ensuring Judicial Impartiality – Panel Moderator, American Judicature Society, Des Moines, IA (October 2009)

Hearsay Evidence and the Confrontation Clause: Davis and Hammon – Iowa Judges Conference (June 2006).

The Role of Prosecutorial Misconduct in Wrongful Convictions- Panelist at University of Iowa CLE (November 2006)

Guest Lecturer, Topics in American Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, and Evidence, Southwest University of Political Science & Law, Chongqing, China (Drake University Chinese Cultural Exchange Program) (May-June 2006)

Board of Directors, Iowa Asian Alliance

Board of Directors, The Homestead


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Reflection of Perspective

Our laws reflect who we are and how we perceive ourselves. In a democratic and diverse society, justice requires us to analyze legal issues from all perspectives. It is our challenge to continually step out of our own shoes, into the discomfort of another’s - so that we can more accurately see a fair and just path forward. As a teacher, I have the opportunity to guide students on a journey, as they explore ideas about law and justice, discovering ways in which they will shape our future.

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