Professor Leong graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University before attending Stanford Law School, where she graduated with distinction and was a member of the Stanford Law Review. After earning her law degree, she clerked for Judge Kermit Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to joining the University of Denver faculty, Professor Leong was an Assistant Professor at the William & Mary School of Law, an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., and a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. She also practiced First Amendment law with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Professor Leong is the author of over thirty law review articles. Her research interests include constitutional rights and remedies, criminal procedure, antidiscrimination, law and culture, and judicial decisionmaking. Her recent scholarship has appeared or will appear in the California Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and the Journal of Legal Education, among many others.
Professor Leong’s research was selected for presentation at the 2016 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. She was also the 2015 recipient of the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty 2015 Eric K. Yamamoto Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching.
In fall 2013 Professor Leong was a Visiting Professor at the UCLA School of Law, and in spring 2017, she was a Visiting Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.