The Honorable Jayne C. Lee

San Joaquin County Superior Court, Department 3B


The Hon. Jayne C. Lee is a judge for the San Joaquin County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019. At the time, she filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Stephen Scott (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Lee received her B.A. from Yale University in 1986. She went on to earn a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1991 and a J.S.M. from Stanford Law School in 1993.

After graduating from law school, Lee began her legal career as a lecturer (1991 to 1993) and legal consultant (1993 to 1995) at Stanford Law School.

In 1995, she joined the law firm of Lieff, Cabraser, and Heimann, where she practiced as an associate for one year. She worked as a deputy city attorney with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2002 and a contract attorney from 2002 to 2004. In 2005, Lee joined the Alameda County Superior Court as a legal research attorney. She would hold that position until becoming a judge pro tem and supervising probate attorney with the San Joaquin County Superior Court in 2015. Three years later, Lee was selected to serve as a court commissioner of the Superior Court in San Joaquin County. She would remain in that capacity until her appointment to the bench.

Lee taught as an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University School of law from 2004 to 2005 and also taught at Stanford Law School.

While on the Superior Court, Judge Lee has presided in the Traffic and Small Claims Divisions.

Her committee memberships have included the Center for Judicial Education and Research Mental Health Education Committee, the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estate Section of the State Bar of California, and the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Jayne C. Lee

Recent Rulings by Hon. Jayne C. Lee

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