Director, Elder Law Clinic
Areas of Expertise:
Hugh M. Lee currently serves as the director of the Elder Law Clinic programs. He holds a B.A. (history/music) from Davidson College and a J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. Mr. Lee has spoken on the state, regional and national level on elder law issues, including Medicaid, Medicare, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Advance Planning, Consumer Fraud, Identity Theft and Foreclosure Defense, among other issues. He has spoken in both academic and professional settings, addressing lawyers, doctors, social workers, and other aging professionals.
He is published widely in the elder law area, having published articles on guardianship, grandparent visitation rights, and other areas. With Jo Alison Taylor, he is the co-author of West Publishing’s Alabama Elder Law, a 1500-page treatise on the practice of elder law in Alabama. He has also authored articles in the areas of election law, child custody disputes, and consumer law. Mr. Lee has served on numerous aging services boards, is an advisory board member to the Alabama Family Trust, and served as the reporter for the Alabama Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, which was passed by the Alabama Legislature.
Mr. Lee joined the law school in 1996 and, during his tenure at Alabama, has taught housing law, legal writing, moot court, civil clinic, elder law clinic and elder law. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, he will teach the course component for the law school’s new Foreclosure Relief Clinic. Prior to becoming the Director of the Elder Law Clinic in 2002, Mr. Lee designed and taught the Civil Clinic from 1998 to 2006. Mr. Lee is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology in the Graduate School and is an Executive Board member of the University’s Center for Mental Health and Aging. A proponent of interdisciplinary work in the aging field, Mr. Lee has lectured in the School of Medicine, the Department of Psychology, the School of Social Work, and in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.
Prior to joining the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Lee worked as a litigator for the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, where he handled cases in the consumer law, domestic relations, housing law, civil rights, employment law and bankruptcy areas. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association and Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, and was awarded the State Bar Association's Statewide Pro Bono Award in 1998 and 2011 (as part of the law school clinical program), as well as the Alabama State Bar President’s Award in 2011 for work on behalf of tornado relief victims.
Of particular interest to some, Mr. Lee served on the legal team representing the plaintiff in Taylor v. Martin County Canvassing Board, one of the absentee ballot cases in which the 2000 Florida Presidential Election was contested.