Eunice C. Lee was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in August 2021.
Judge Lee received her B.A., summa cum laude, in 1993 from The Ohio State University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. in 1996 from Yale Law School. Following law school, she served as a law clerk first to Judge Susan J. Dlott on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and then to Judge Eric L. Clay on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
From 1998 to 2019, Judge Lee worked at the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City, where she represented indigent clients on appeal at all levels of the New York state court system and in habeas proceedings in federal court. She also served as an adjunct assistant professor of clinical law at New York University School of Law from 2003 to 2019, where she co-designed and taught a clinic on criminal appellate defense.
Judge Lee was an assistant federal defender in the appeals bureau of the Federal Defenders of New York from 2019 until her appointment to the bench.