What Being A Lawyer Means To Jean Lee, Newly Appointed MCCA President And CEO

What Being A Lawyer Means To Jean Lee, Newly Appointed MCCA President And CEO

MCCA Welcomes Jean Lee as New President & CEO

Lee, a trailblazer in the legal profession, becomes first Asian American to head the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.


The Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association is happy to announce the appointment of Jean Lee as the association’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Lee currently serves as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co and brings more than a dozen years of relevant industry experience in the legal profession, including her work as a member of the Global Legal Diversity Committee at JPMorgan Chase. Ms. Lee will officially begin her tenure in mid-March.

Ms. Lee has demonstrated her leadership skills throughout her personal and professional life having been honored as a Trailblazer by the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York and a Catalyst Agent by the Council of Urban Professionals. As a member of the largest affinity bar in New York State since 2008, she served as the President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York in 2012 and continues serving on its Board of Directors to this day. Prior to her role at JP Morgan Chase, she was a Senior Litigation Associate and member of the firm-wide Diversity Committee at Milberg LLP and, earlier in her career, served as a law clerk to the Honorable John J. Hughes (retired), United States Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey. Ms. Lee also serves as a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award Selection Committee.

“Among her many assets, Jean brings to the role an extensive knowledge of MCCA having been an active board member as well as a demonstrated commitment to leadership in diversity within the profession. Her experience and relationships with corporations, law firms, and bar associations make her well equipped to continue the great work MCCA does, advocating for the expanded hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys across the profession,” said Michelle Banks, Global General Counsel of GAP Inc. and Chair of MCCA’s Board of Directors.

Jean Lee graduated from New York University with a B.A. degree in politics and psychology and a M.S.W. in social work. Ms. Lee received her J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law. During law school, Ms. Lee was a Senior Editor of the Rutgers Law Record.

“I am deeply honored by this opportunity to build on the legacy of MCCA as an organization that not only impacts the lives of diverse legal professionals, but also has a direct impact within the decision-making offices of corporate America,” said Jean Lee. “As an MCCA board member for several years, I have always admired the dedication of its staff in helping diverse attorneys at all stages of their careers to excel within our profession. As CEO, I look forward to building on our success and furthering our mission to inspire all people to achieve a diverse and inclusive legal community.”

Congratulations to Jean Lee on this historic appointment!

Thank you to Minority Corporate Counsel Association for sharing this announcement on February 11, 2016. 

Jean Lee – Catalyst Spotlight

Jean Lee – Catalyst Spotlight

Congratulations to Jean Lee

Congratulations to AABANY Past President and Board Director Jean Lee, recipient of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York’s Trailblazer Award! Jean Lee will be honored alongside Korea Ambassador Oh Joon at KALAGNY’s 29th Anniversary Gala on June 10, 2015 at Capitale.

Jean has been making waves for quite some time now. She was also recently honored as a Council of Urban Professionals Catalyst for Change. Since her AABANY presidency in 2012, she has served on AABANY’s Board of Directors. We’re lucky to have her passion and guidance.

To purchase tickets to the KALAGNY Gala, click here. If you have any questions regarding their gala, contact [email protected].

Pictured here: Jean Lee introducing the Don H. Liu Scholarship Program at the AABANY 2015 Annual Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street

Pictured here: Jean Lee (third from the left) among friends/AABANY members at CUP’s Lawyers Forum

Press Release: Past President Jean Lee Named 2014 CUP Catalyst Change Agent in Law

Friday, October 3, 2014   

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(718) 228-7206

(“AABANY”) is proud to announce that Jean Lee, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and AABANY President 2012-2013, has been selected as a 2014 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Catalyst: Change Agent 2014 | Law. Ms. Lee and her fellow CUP Catalyst Change Agents in Law will be honored at CUP’s Fifth Annual Lawyers Forum taking place on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Eventi Hotel in New York, NY.

CUP Catalysts in the legal sector have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community. CUP is a 21st century leadership development organization with over 1,500 individual members, a national network of 20,000, and 70 corporate partners in law, financial services, media & entertainment, digital & technology, and non-profit and public sectors. CUP recognizes its Catalyst Change Agents to provide more role models for young urban professionals at the top levels of various industries to help mobilize the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders.

“We are thrilled that CUP has decided to honor one of AABANY’s own, Jean Lee, as a Change Agent 2014 in Law,” remarked AABANY President Clara Ohr. “In addition to serving as a past AABANY President, Jean has tirelessly dedicated her efforts to promoting diversity in the legal profession through her leadership in other bar associations like the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), spearheading new programs for minorities in her workplace, and individual mentoring of numerous junior lawyers and students of color.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to [email protected].

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community. Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole. AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).


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Press Release: AABANY Congratulates Jean Lee on Her Election to The Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

NEW YORK – May 24, 2013 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) congratulates Jean Lee, Immediate Past President of AABANY, on being elected to the Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (“MCCA”) was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them.

Click here to read the press release.


Rutgers-Newark APALSA held its 11th anniversary Mela at the law school on Thursday night, October 25.  Mela is the Sanskrit word for “gathering,” and this annual event celebrates various Asian cultures and honors the achievements of Asian Americans in the legal community. 

This year, Rutgers-Newark APALSA honored the Hon. David F. Bauman, Presiding Judge, Civil Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County.  Judge Bauman is the first Asian American judge in Monmouth Vicinage.

Also honored was our very own Jean Lee, President of AABANY and VP and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase & Co.  After accepting her award, Jean delivered an impassioned and inspiring speech about her path to career success, overcoming significant struggles and hurdles along the way.  “Don’t say no to yourself before someone else does,” she advised the students, sharing the wisdom of a friend and mentor.

The evening also featured a dance performance by Rutgers SAPA (South Asian Performing Artists), delicious Pan-Asian buffet, open bar and dancing.  Congratulations to the honorees and to Rutgers-Newark APALSA on a great Mela!