About Lee

Lee is connected to Memphis.

Lee Harris was elected to the City Council in 2011. He is the son of a retired high school guidance counselor at Mitchell High School and a heating and air conditioning repairman. Lee was born in Memphis. He is product of the Memphis city schools (Alcy Elem., John P. Freeman Middle, and Overton High).

Lee is committed to community and service.

He is the past president of the Memphis and Shelby County Young Democrats and volunteer ‘Big Sib’ in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Lee is one of the first Memphis-area members of United Campus Workers of American, a union for employees of University of Memphis and other public universities. Lee is also a member of the Frayser Exchange Club. Lee has been the chair of one of Memphis’ only pre-kindergarten programs for lower-income families. As chair of an area Head Start program, Lee visited classrooms, pored over budgets, and frequently talked to parents. Lee has been a director of Goodwill Homes Community Services Agency, a nonprofit that administers several community programs for seniors and children. In that position, Lee has helped oversee the million dollar renovation of the administrative headquarters, among other duties.

Lee has used his law degree to serve others.

Lee has co-chaired a bar association Committee on Public Service. He co-directed the city’s High School Mock Trial Competition. He has also been nominated to the Memphis Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court, an organization committed to ethics.

Lee has spent countless hours working on pro bono matters for clients who could not afford quality legal assistance. Also, while in private practice, Lee helped establish an elementary school adoption program and organized an oratorical contest for fifth-graders in the North Memphis area.

As a professor at the University of Memphis, Lee started a legal clinic to give free legal advice and support small businessmen and women in Memphis.

Lee has the skill set to serve.

On the City Council, Lee has served as chair of the Audit Committee and as member of committees on Housing/Community Development, Budget, Personnel, Tourism and Economic Development, and Healthcare Oversight. Lee is a proud product of the Memphis city schools. He graduated near the top of his class from Overton High School and, later, he graduated near the top of his class from Morehouse College. At Morehouse, Lee was Phi Beta Kappa, recognized for having the highest G.P.A. in his department, and voted Student of the Year by department faculty. He earned his law degree from Yale.

Lee is a family man.

Lee is married to Prof. Alena Allen. They have two children, Lee Allen Harris (6), and Claudia Harris (3). Lee enjoys running, camping, and coaching little league T-ball.

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