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Patricia H. Lee, J.D.

Associate Professor; Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiatives

Director, Business Law and Innovation Clinic
Legal Clinics

Courses Taught

Entrepreneurship and Community Development Class, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, Transactional Drafting


B.A., Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, 1979
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1982

Lee is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences of Northwestern University majoring in economics. She earned an Entrepreneurship Certificate from Syracuse University School of Management in New York and has completed one year of doctoral management coursework at the University of Maryland University College.

Publications and Media Placements

Lee has written a variety of articles on entrepreneurship and transactional clinical programs, regulations, law and wisdom.

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Honors and Awards

For her service, Lee has won numerous awards, including induction at the age of 40 into the Nineteenth Century Women’s Club, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Community Service; The Diversi-Teas Leadership Award, Super Lawyer of the Year with other WVU Law clinicians; a Faith-Based Service Award; the Ron Brown U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Advocate Award for the Chicago Region Med-Week; Cambridge Who’s Who, the McDonald’s President’s Award; and a Montgomery County Public School Parent Academy Service Award.

Professional Organizations and Associations

Lee is licensed to practice law in Missouri (2014); the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (2003), Illinois (1982); the U.S. Supreme Court (2003) and WV (2011-2014).

Community Work and Service

Inspired by entrepreneurs Madame C.J. Walker, Ray Kroc and her 10-year corporate counsel law career with McDonald’s Corporation, Lee became the founding director of The University of Chicago Law School’s 1998 groundbreaking, university-based IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship for law students. Currently, Lee continues to work with law students at SLU LAW to advocate on behalf of emerging entrepreneurs, nonprofits and small business startups in a variety of strategic, transactional, intellectual property and regulatory law matters.