Business & Practice

Minority Legal Group Appoints JPMorgan Lawyer as CEO

Feb. 11, 2016, 4:56 PM

A prominent legal group dedicated to the advancement of minorities in the legal profession has appointed a new leader.

Jean Lee, a vice president and assistant general counsel at JPMorgan Chase, has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the group said on Thursday.

Lee replaces outgoing CEO Joseph West, who joined Duane Morris last year as chief diversity and inclusion officer and a trial partner.

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association , or MCCA, was founded in 1997 and consists of attorneys who promote the hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms they hire. It holds events and spearheads initiatives to serve that purpose.

Michelle Banks, global general counsel of GAP Inc. and chair of MCCA’s board of directors, said the appointment came after a nationwide search, and Lee stood out partly because of her participation as an active MCCA board member.

“Her experience and relationships with corporations, law firms, and bar associations make her well equipped to continue the great work MCCA does,” said Banks in a statement.

Among her list of qualifications, Lee served as the president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York in 2012 and continues to serve on its board of directors. Before starting work at JPMorgan Chase in 2011, Lee was a senior litigation associate and a member of the diversity committee at Milberg. She worked at the firm for five years, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Lee clerked for retired magistrate judge John J. Hughes in the District of New Jersey in 2002 after graduating Rutgers University School of Law — Newark, where she was a senior editor of the Rutgers Law Record.

Lee was not immediately available for an interview, but said in a statement that she was honored by the appointment and looks forward to “furthering our mission to inspire all people to achieve a diverse and inclusive legal community.”

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