John Z. Lee
|John Zihun Lee|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
May 8, 2012
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||David H. Coar|
|Born||John Zihun Lee
March 30, 1968
Aachen, West Germany
|Education||Harvard University A.B.
Harvard Law School J.D.
John Zihun Lee (born March 30, 1968) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
John Z. Lee was born in Aachen, Germany. He received his Artium Baccalaureus Degree from Harvard College in 1989. He received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1992. He first worked as a trial attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. He worked as an associate of Mayer Brown LLP from 1994 to 1996 and Grippo & Elden LLC from 1996 to 1999. He was a partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP where he handled complex federal civil litigation.
Federal judicial service
On November 10, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Lee to be a District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He would replace Judge David H. Coar who took senior status and has since retired. He received his hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 26, 2012 and his nomination was reported to the floor on February 16, 2012 by voice vote, with Senator Mike Lee recording the only no vote. On May 7, 2012, his nomination was confirmed by voice vote. He received his commission on May 8, 2012.
- "Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire" (PDF).
- "President Obama Nominates Four to Serve on the US District Court Bench". 10 November 2011.
- "Lee, John Zihun - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
David H. Coar
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois