L. Joseph Lee
District 4, Position 2
Chief Judge Lee grew up in Lamar County and attended schools in Yawn, Purvis and Lumberton. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received his bachelor’s degree from William Carey College, now William Carey University, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 1973, he received his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
Judge Lee practiced law in Jackson and served as adjunct professor of business law at William Carey. He is admitted to the Mississippi, Texas, and American Bar Associations.
He was elected to the Court of Appeals of the State of Mississippi in 1998 for a term beginning in 1999. He was re-elected in 2002 and 2010. He is currently serving in his third elected term on the Court. In 2004, he was appointed Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeals. He was appointed as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in March 2011.
In 2004, Judge Lee was chosen Mississippi College School of Law’s Lawyer of the Year. He was recognized by the 2004 session of the Mississippi House of Representatives for his selection as Lawyer of the Year and for his contributions to the community and state. Mississippi College School of Law honored Judge Lee in 2009 with an Honorary Master of Laws degree. He is a member of the National Chiefs Council of Courts of Appeal, the American Inns of Court and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a frequent speaker at and involved in numerous civic and legal functions and activities.
Chief Judge Lee is married to Renee Simon Lee, and they are members of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. They have three children and six grandchildren.