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Julia Y. Lee

Julia Lee

Professor of Law

(814) 867-2235

J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., Yale College

Professor Lee’s research interests are in the fields of financial regulation and commercial law, with a focus on strategic decision-making and the impact of legal rules and social norms on human behavior. Prior to joining Penn State Law, she was a senior regional attorney with the FDIC in Chicago, where she advised on the supervision of troubled banks and conducted prohibition and removal actions against bank officers and directors. Previous to that, she was an associate in the securities practice group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she counseled broker-dealers and other financial institutions on compliance with federal securities laws and self-regulatory organization rules.

Professor Lee received her law degree in 2003 from Yale Law School, where she was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She received her undergraduate degree, with distinction in history, from Yale College, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. From 2003 to 2004, she served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


“Prosocial Fraud,” 52 Seton Hall L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2021)

"Money Norms," 49 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 57 (2017).

"Trust and Social Commerce," 77 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 137 (2015).

“Gaining Assurances,” 2012 Wis. L. Rev. 1137.