The Honorable Edward Frederick Lee

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 38

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The Hon. Edward F. Lee is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was initially appointed to the Municipal Court of Santa Clara by former governor Pete Wilson in 1992. Then, in 1996, he was elected to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.

Lee earned a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 1978. He then completed a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1983.

After he completed law school, Lee joined the Redwood City Police Department. One year later, he accepted a position in the Office of the District Attorney of Santa Clara County. He served there as a deputy district attorney until his appointment to the bench in 1992.

Lee was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. He served as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard, assigned to command different task forces during floods, wildfires, and civil disturbances. He was also deployed to countries as diverse as Panama, Ukraine, and Japan.

While serving in the Office of the District Attorney, Lee obtained his pilot’s license. He then joined the Civil Air Patrol, assisting the Red Cross with their emergency shelter programs and working in earthquake-ravaged areas.

In his free time, Lee catches bees for the hives he maintains in his backyard. He also makes his own wine.

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