Kenneth Lee

Kenneth’s family moved to Coolidge in the early 1950’s.  He was born to Jack and Anna Lee in 1956.  The family owned a small grocery store on Main Street called Foodland Market.  Business was good and a few years later Jack and Anna purchased a larger store that was renamed Lee’s Foodland.  Kenneth and his siblings, Connie and Monty, grew up working in the stores.  Anna closed the smaller store in the late 1960’s.  The larger store remained open until Jack’s death in 2002.  The family sold the store and it continues to operate with the name Lee’s Foodland.


In high school Kenneth was very active.  He competed in debate for three years.  He was Salutatorian, Senior Class President, Boys State Alternate, and selected as “Most Likely to Succeed” by his class.  Kenneth belonged to the following:  NHS, FBLA, FTA, Science, Ecology, Speech, Latin and Youth for Democracy clubs.  He was a member of the National Forensic League, with a Degree of Distinction.  He participated in Model United Nations and the International Court of Justice.  In addition, he was a member of Student Council, Yearbook staff and represented Coolidge in the Congressional Scholars Program in Washington D.C.  He graduated in 1974.  At times his parents suspected he was so active to avoid working in the store.


He went to the University of Arizona where he obtained his B.S. in Business Administration in 1978.  In 1981, he received his J.D. from the University of Arizona.  Kenneth began his legal career with the firm of Davis and Eppstein.  In 1988, he joined the firm of Haralson, Kinerk and Morey.  This firm specialized in complex civil cases like medical malpractice, products liability, highway design, and flood litigation.  In addition, the firm had an in-house sports agency that represented a number of players coming from the University of Arizona and going into the NFL and NBA.  Kenneth is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals (9th and 10th Circuits), the U.S. District Court of Arizona, and the Arizona State Courts.


In 1997 Kenneth was appointed by Governor Fife Symington to the Pima County Superior Court.  For over 20 years he has been on the Court with rotations on Civil, Criminal and Family Law.  He has served four terms as the Associate Presiding Judge and two terms as the Civil Presiding Judge.  Also, he was Secretary of the Arizona Judges Association.   While on the bench he has been a mentor to University of Arizona law students in its clinical and bridge programs.  Kenneth has served on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Superior Courts and the Arizona State Bar Committees for Civil Jury Instructions and Civil Practice and Procedure.  He has taught at New Judge Orientation, the Judicial Conference, and various continuing legal education programs for the State Bar, Pima County Bar, Arizona Minority Bar Association, College of Trial Lawyers, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and State Bar Leadership Institute.


Kenneth has also been active in community organizations.  He has served on the Board of Directors for several community organizations including:  the Tucson Boys and Girls Club (Associate Board), Tucson Chinese Association, and University of Arizona Asian American Faculty Staff and Alumni Association (AAFSA).  In addition, he was a member of the University of Arizona President’s Asian Pacific Advisory Council.  He has mentored college and high school students in the Image, Courts-R-Us and APEX programs.  In 1998 he received the Community Service Award from AAFSA.


Kenneth remains busy on the Bench and with his family including wife, Roseanne, and two sons, Jonathon and Michael.

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