Mollie Lee


Mollie Lee is a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, where she works on issues including voting rights, immigrants’ rights, and free speech.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Mollie was a San Francisco deputy city attorney. She led the City Attorney’s work on immigration issues in the aftermath of President Trump’s election, and as lead counsel in San Francisco v. Trump, she successfully challenged President Trump’s executive order seeking to penalize sanctuary cities. Mollie was also a key member of the City Attorney’s marriage equality team, litigating the federal challenge to Proposition 8 from trial through the United States Supreme Court. In other cases, Mollie defended campaign finance disclosure requirements, challenged deceptive practices by for-profit colleges and other businesses, and represented San Francisco in matters ranging from reproductive rights to water rights.  Before becoming a full-time litigator, Mollie spent five years as general counsel to the San Francisco Department of Elections. She also drafted legislation and advised elected officials and department heads on a range of issues, including ethics, elections, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act. 

Mollie graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


J.D., Yale Law School (2006)
M.A., University of Georgia (2001)