Lee appoints new public defender

Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday appointed Cocke County resident Rebecca Lee as public defender for the Fourth Judicial District, which takes in Cocke Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties.

Lee will fill out the term of Public Defender Ed Miller who resigned his office on Dec. 31 to go into private practice.

“I am extremely honored to be appointed to the position of 4th Judicial District Public Defender for the State of Tennessee,” Lee said. “I have had the opportunity to serve this district for the last seven years as an assistant public defender. During this time, I have focused on a holistic approach to legal defense that includes drug rehabilitation for nonviolent crimes, zealous advocacy in legal representation, and speaking for those in need, all while supporting ethical standards. I have had the honor to serve on the Fourth Judicial District Drug Recovery Court team and the Renovatus Board, a faith-based drug recovery program. I also support the Boys and Girls Club of Dumplin Valley and attend Crossroads Community Church. I am excited and honored to serve the people of the Great State of Tennessee.”

Lee did a judicial clerkship at the Tennessee Supreme Court, and also did research at Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law. Before attending LMU-Duncan School of law, she taught math at Cosby High School.

Lee’s bachelor’s degree in education is from the University of Michigan.