The Hon. Dolly M. Gee is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2009 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2009. She filled the seat vacated by the resignation of the Hon. George P. Schiavelli. Judge Gee was originally nominated by President Bill Clinton to the District Court in May 1999, but her nomination was returned without receiving a confirmation hearing from the Republican-controlled Senate. At the time of her confirmation in 2009, Judge Gee held the distinction of being the first Chinese American female to be seated as an Article III Judge.
Judge Gee graduated with her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1984.
After graduating from law school, Gee clerked for the Hon. Milton Schwartz with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California for two years. She entered into private practice in 1986, joining the law firm Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann, and Sommers LLP, where she practiced as an associate for four years. Then, in 1990, Gee was named a partner of the firm. During her tenure there, Gee specialized in labor and employment law. She remained with the firm until receiving her confirmation to the District Court in 2009.
Her memberships have included the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the California Women's Law Center, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She was also the founding member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Judge Gee was born in Hawthorne, California. After her parents immigrated to the United States from China, her father fought in World War II and then worked as an aerospace engineer after the War.