John Z. Lee
|John Z. Lee|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Northern District of Illinois|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||5/7/2012 - Present|
|Preceded by:||David Coar|
|Undergraduate:||Harvard, B.A., 1989|
|Law School:||Harvard Law, J.D., 1992|
John Z. Lee is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama in 2011. Prior to joining the court, Lee was a partner at the firm Freeborn & Peters LLP.
Early life and education
After graduation, Lee served a trial attorney for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. He went on to work for Mayer Brown LLP from 1994 to 1996 and at Grippo & Elden LLC from 1996 to 1999. He became a partner in the firm Freeborn & Peters LLP in Chicago in 1999.
Federal judgeship nomination
|Candidate:||John Z. Lee|
|Court:||Northern District of Illinois|
|Progress:||Confirmed 179 days after nomination.|
|ABA Rating:||Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified|
Lee was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Obama on November 10, 2011. Obama commented on the nominations, stating, "These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity." He succeeded Judge David Coar on the court.
Lee was rated Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Not Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 26, 2012 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.
On May 7, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed John Z. Lee to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with a voice vote.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Illinois
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|