Korean American lawyer recommended for federal judgeship

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Korean American lawyer John Z. Lee, 44, has been nominated for a federal judgeship in Illinois by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin. Lee and four others are currently being considered for the three vacant seats at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, reports the Chicago Tribune. The three candidates to be selected by President Obama must also be confirmed by the Senate before their official appointment.

According to the Korea Herald, Lee was born in Germany and raised in Chicago, graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992. Lee has served as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice and as a special aide to the Attorney General. He is now a partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP.

If appointed, Lee will become the third Korean American federal judge, after Herbert B. Choy and Lucy Koh.

[Photo: Korea Herald]


 

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