Kenneth K. Lee

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Kenneth K. Lee
Personal details
Born Kenneth Kiyul Lee
Education Cornell University (AB)
Harvard Law School (JD)

Kenneth Kiyul Lee is a partner at Jenner & Block and a nominee to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Early life and career[edit]

The son of Korean immigrants, Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Cornell University, and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, Lee served as a law clerk to Judge Emilio M. Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Lee then worked as an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and was an Associate White House Counsel to George W. Bush. He also served as special counsel on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. After leaving government service, Lee joined the Los Angeles office of the law firm Jenner & Block, where he is currently a partner.[1] He has also served as Adjunct Faculty Member at Pepperdine Law School.

Nomination to court of appeals[edit]

On October 10, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Lee to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[1] Both California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris announced their opposition to his nomination.[2] If confirmed, Lee would be the second Korean American to serve on the Ninth Circuit, after the now deceased Judge Herbert Choy.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Eighteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Eighteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Thirteenth Wave of United States Marshal Nominees". October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Wire, Sarah D. (2018-10-11). "California senators will try to block White House judicial nominees for the 9th Circuit - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2018-10-16.