James (Jake) Lee is a staff attorney in PHLP’s Pittsburgh office.
Prior to coming to PHLP, Jake worked for several years at the Juvenile Court Project, representing low-income individuals in the Pittsburgh Area working to reunify families, through Dependency Court. Prior to his work at the Juvenile Court Project, Jake was the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Carol Hanna in Indiana County.
Jake is one of the first recipients of the Gismondi Fellowship Legal Services Award and was published in the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law & Policy, detailing Pittsburgh’s complex history with coal. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He believes strongly in advocating for victim rights, especially concerning ongoing health needs and believes that all people, regardless of income level or ability, should have access to stellar physical and mental healthcare.
Role: Staff Attorney
Length of time with PHLP: Two and a half years.
What aspect of our mission do you most connect with?: Advocating for those that need the help, rather than those with means.
What has been your proudest moment at PHLP?: Assisting a client with obtaining a waiver so that she would be able to provide care to her elderly mother in the last months of her life.
What is your personal motto or mantra?: If the storm winds are not blowing your way, adjust your sails.
Share a fun fact about yourself: I am a former Whitewater rafting guide and a die-hard fan of Pitt Sports. Hail to Pitt!