Chisun Lee

Senior Counsel

Chisun Lee serves as Senior Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she works on campaign finance reform and voting rights. 

Ms. Lee returned to the Brennan Center in 2013, after having served as counsel five years earlier. In the interim, she practiced federal criminal law in New York City, representing indigent and private clients. She also covered legal issues as a staff reporter for ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news organization. There, she scrutinized voter fraud claims, the Guantánamo detentions, scientific evidence standards, and wrongful convictions, winning numerous awards. Her ProPublica projects were co-published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, the National Law Journal, and PBS “Frontline,” among other outlets. 

Previous to joining the Brennan Center in 2007, Ms. Lee served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  She received her J.D. in 2006 from Harvard Law School, where she contributed to Supreme Court litigation at the National Voting Rights Institute (now, Dēmos) and in Professor Laurence Tribe’s private practice, and represented tenants battling eviction in Boston Housing Court. 

For many years before and during law school, Ms. Lee worked as a journalist, principally as a staff writer at the Village Voice. Her reporting on civil liberties, government, and politics earned many honors, including the Knight Foundation fellowship at Yale Law School. Prior to becoming a journalist, Ms. Lee worked in New York City government as press secretary to Public Advocate Mark Green. She graduated from Brown University in 1996.