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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||06/11/1984 - 04/07/2006|
|Chief:||1996 - 2003|
|Senior:||04/08/2006 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Dan Russell, Jr.|
|Succeeded by:||Daniel Jordan|
|Past post:||City of Forest, Municipal Judge|
|Undergraduate:||Mississippi College, B.A., 1963|
|Law School:||University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1965|
|Military service:||U.S. Army, Reserves 1965 - 1973|
Tom Lee is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He joined the court in 1984 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Lee is a judge serving on senior status.
Early life and education
A native of Mississippi, Lee graduated from Mississippi College with his bachelor's degree in 1963 and from the University of Mississippi Law School with his juris doctor degree in 1965. Lee also served in the US Army Reserve as a JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps Captain from 1965 to 1973.
Lee was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Mississippi from 1965 to 1984. In addition to his private practice work, Lee was a Prosecuting attorney for Scott County from 1968 to 1971 and became a Part-Time Judge for the Scott County Youth Court from 1979 to 1982 along with being a Municipal judge for the City of Forest in 1982.
Southern District of Mississippi
On the recommendation of Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, Lee was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 15, 1984 to a seat vacated by Dan Russell, Jr. as Russell assumed senior status. Lee was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 11, 1984 on a senate vote and received commission on June 11, 1984. Lee served as the chief judge of the court from 1996 to 2003 before later assuming senior status on April 8, 2006. Lee was succeeded in this position by Daniel Jordan.
Judge Patton misconduct case (2011)United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (JAMES E. JENNINGS, JR. v. HOUSTON PATTON, No. 10-60226)
Judge Lee was the presiding judge in a case where a county court judge in Mississippi is being sued over making false claims to authorities. Judge Houston J. Patton was sued by Mississippi Attorneys Keith Shelton and James Jennings, Jr., because they believed the judge falsely claimed the two attorneys tried to bribe him over a complaint filed against the judge to the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance. Lee dismissed the case and stated that Patton was in violation of the fourth and fourteenth amendments. The Fifth Circuit Court reversed Lee's decision and stated that Patton qualified for immunity.
|Federal judicial offices|
Dan Russell, Jr.
|Southern District of Mississippi
|Magistrate judges||Linda Anderson • Michael Parker • Robert Walker • John Roper • Keith Ball • John C. Gargiulo •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|