Ellen Yee Profile

Director of International Programs

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

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


JD – University of Minnesota, Minnesota Law Review
BA – Yale University, cum laude

Professional Experience

Drake Law School Professor since 2005
Visiting assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law
Deputy district attorney for Marin County, California
Judicial extern for The Hon. Franklin L. Noel of the United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Selected Publications

  • Lawyer Advertising in Iowa After 2012, 62 Drake Law Review 549 (2014) (with Gregory C. Sisk).
  • Forfeiture of the Confrontation Right In Giles: Justice Scalia’s Faint-Hearted Fidelity to the Common Law, 100 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 1495 (2010).
  • Confronting the “Ongoing Emergency”: A Pragmatic Approach to Hearsay Evidence in the Context of the Sixth Amendment, 35 Florida State University Law Review 729 (2008).
  • Ohio v. Roberts, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (David S. Tanenhaus, editor) (Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Speaker: Expert Evidence: A Lawyer’s Perspective (American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar, St. Petersburg, FL, March 2010).
  • Panel Moderator: Learning from Caperton: Ensuring Judicial Impartiality (American Judicature Society, Des Moines, IA, October 2009).
  • Guest Lecturer: Topics in American Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, and Evidence (Southwest University of Political Science & Law, Chongqing, China, May-June 2006).
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Asian Alliance
  • Member of the Board of Directors for The Homestead

Additional Information

Ellen Yee Curriculum Vitae

Law School Events
March 22, 2018
08:00 AM - 11:30 AM
March 22, 2018
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
March 23, 2018
08:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Law School News
March 12, 2018
Drake Law School is pleased to announce alumni award winners. Karen Shaff, LW’79, was named the 2018 Alumna of the Year; Kristina Stanger, LW’05, was named the 2018 Recent Alumna of the Year; and Robert Oberbillig, LA'56, LW'58, received the Distinguished Public Service Award.