Tom Lee '91 Appointed to Utah Supreme Court

Brigham Young University law professor Thomas Lee, Utah governor Gary Herbert's pick to fill a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court, has never been a judge, but he won praise last week as a keen legal mind whose experience would be an asset.

Michael McConnell, a former appeals court judge and one of Lee's law professors at the University of Chicago, lauded the governor's "outstanding" choice.

"It is unusual to have someone who combines his intellectual depth and capacity with exemplary legal professional skills. He is both a lawyer and a scholar, and I think he's a person of wisdom, as well," McConnell said. "He'll really emerge not only as a leader on the Utah court, but I think he'll be a nationally recognized jurist, as well."

Lee, 45, son of former Reagan administration Solicitor General Rex Lee and the older brother of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Lee, is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lee earned a bachelor's degree from BYU and a law degree from the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Harvie Wilkinson III on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1994-95.