The Honorable Amarra A. Lee

San Mateo County Superior Court, Department 19


The Hon. Amarra A. Lee is a judge for the Superior Court of San Mateo County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown on October 26, 2018, filling a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position.

Lee earned a B.A. in rhetoric and African American studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. She then completed a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2006.

She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law in 2004, where she dedicated three months to drafting memoranda and motions regarding the rights of unaccompanied immigrant minors in the United States. The following year, she completed a second clerkship, this time with Zitrin and Mastromonico as well as an externship with the Hon. Teri L. Jackson of the Superior Court of San Francisco County.

After graduating from law school, Lee began working as an associate at Farella, Braun and Martel LLP. During her six-year tenure there, she handled white-collar crime, construction, intellectual property, employment, and business litigation cases.

She left the firm in 2012, accepting a position as a deputy district attorney for the Office of the District Attorney of San Mateo County.

Lee is the first African-American woman to be appointed to the Superior Court of San Mateo County.

She is registered as a Democrat.

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