CAPAC Chairwoman Judy Chu Applauds Nomination of John Z. Lee to the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Nov 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of John Z. Lee for the District Court of the Northern District of Illinois:  

“John Z. Lee is exceptionally well qualified to serve and has both extensive work experience in the legal field and a demonstrated commitment to public service. If confirmed, he would become the second Korean American federal district court judge in our nation’s history. CAPAC commends President Obama for nominating Mr. Lee and for promoting judicial diversity by doubling the number of Asian Pacific American judges serving on the federal bench.”

John Z. Lee graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.  After graduation, Mr. Lee worked as a Trial Attorney at the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and is currently a partner with Freeborn & Peters LLP.  Mr. Lee is the President of the Board of Directors of Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services, President of the Board of Directors of Asian Human Services, and an elected Board Member for the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.