NYU Law Abroad Staff in Shanghai

Jeffrey Lehman

On-Site Program Director

Jeffrey Lehman is the Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai, where he oversees all academic and administrative operations. Lehman is an internationally acclaimed leader in higher education, having served as dean of the University of Michigan Law School, the eleventh president of Cornell University, and the founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan Law School, Lehman served as law clerk to Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. He then spent four years at Caplin & Drysdale, a Washington, DC, law firm. Throughout his professional and academic career, Lehman has volunteered his time and energy to nonprofit organizations that share his commitments in the fields of higher education, law, and technology.

Vice Chancellor Lehman received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Cornell University, an MPP from the University of Michigan, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a multi-award winner for his work both in the US and abroad, including the Friendship Award, which is China’s highest honor for “foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress.” Lehman is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Peking University.


Elizabeth Cheung-Gaffney

On-Site Coordinator

Elizabeth K. Cheung-Gaffney is a JD graduate of Notre Dame Law School. Upon graduation, Ms. Cheung-Gaffney entered private practice as a commercial litigator. After 7 years in private practice, Ms. Cheung-Gaffney joined the New York City Department of Education's General Counsel's office focusing on arbitrations against the teacher's union. In 2010, upon relocating to Shanghai for her spouse's job, Ms. Cheung-Gaffney began teaching Legal English at Fudan University Law School. During the spring semester of 2013, Ms. Cheung-Gaffney was a legal intern at the Shanghai International Arbitration Commission (SHIAC, formerly CIETAC). Ms. Cheung-Gaffney's work at SHIAC included aiding the Commission draft the current set of Arbitration Rules, legal research in foreign-related arbitration proceedings, and translating arbitral awards from Chinese to English. Prior to law school, Ms. Cheung-Gaffney obtained her bachelor degree from Columbia University.