John Z. Lee
|John Z. Lee|
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|Undergraduate:||Harvard, B.A., 1989|
|Law School:||Harvard Law, J.D., 1992|
|Candidate for:||United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
|Confirmation:||Nominated 11/10/2011, Awaiting Hearing|
John Z. Lee is a partner at the law firm Freeborn & Peters LLP. He was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on November 10, 2011 by Barack Obama.
Federal judgeship nomination
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 is nominated to fill the seat vacated by David Coar. 
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.