Jeffrey S. Lehman
Chancellor and Founding Dean, Peking University School of Transnational Law
Professor Jeff Lehman is former President of Cornell University and former Dean of the University of Michigan Law School. He is a prolific legal scholar whose research and teaching concerns are poverty, taxation, and the American welfare state.
He clerked for Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He then went to work at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, noted for its expertise in tax law. While at University of Michigan, he was one of the primary architects of the successful defense of the Law Schools admissions policy before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jeff earned an A.B. from Cornell University and obtained a masters degree from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Public Policy Studies, together with his J.D., in 1981. Along the way, he served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.