Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed attorney Patricia Lee on Nov. 21 to fill a vacancy on the Nevada Supreme Court.
Born in South Korea to an Black military father and a Korean mother, Lee becomes the first Black woman and first Asian American on the court of Nevada.
She fills the seat vacated by Abbi Silver, who resigned in September.
She will serve until the expiration of Silver’s term in January 2025. She will have to seek election if she wishes to remain on the court.
In a press release from the governor’s office, Sisolak stated, “The breadth and depth of her skill set and her personal and professional experience make her an incredible addition to the State’s highest court.”
Lee is a partner at the Hutchison & Steffen law firm, where she has worked since 2002, according to the statement. She practices complex commercial litigation, trademark law, family law, appellate law and collections cases.
Lee earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California and graduated with a law degree from George Washington University Law School in 2002. She was admitted to the Nevada bar the same year. Lee has been married to her husband, Ronnie Lee, since 2006. They have two children.
The Korea Daily Digital Editorial