John Z. Lee

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John Zihun Lee
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Assumed office
May 8, 2012
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by David H. Coar
Personal details
Born John Zihun Lee
(1968-03-30) March 30, 1968 (age 49)
Aachen, West Germany
(now Germany)
Education Harvard University A.B.
Harvard Law School J.D.

John Zihun Lee (born March 30, 1968)[1] is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Biography[edit]

John Z. Lee was born in Aachen, Germany.[1] 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.[2][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
David H. Coar
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2012–present
Incumbent