It is with a heavy heart that the Executive Board of the Magic City Bar Association, announces the passing of the Honorable Helen Shores Lee, immediate past President, 2017. Judge Lee was an icon in the Birmingham legal and civic community. A graduate of Fisk University and the Cumberland School of Law, she had a remarkable career which included practicing law with her father, renowned Civil Rights attorney, Arthur Shores, her son Arthur Shores Lee and later ascending to the bench as a Judge on the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama in 2003, becoming the first African American woman to serve in the civil division of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County. She served as a jurist for ten years exemplifying intelligence, impeccable legal acumen, fairness and justice on the bench. Prior to her legal career, Judge Lee earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University later returning to Birmingham where she became the Director of Clinical Outreach Services for the Jefferson County Department of Health. Judge Lee’s calling of service was not only evident in her career choices, but she also remained active in the community as a champion and advocate for the underserved. Judge Lee’s noteworthy accomplishments later included becoming an author when she and her sister, Barbara Shores, endeavored in a labor of love culminating in the 2012 publication of The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill, which chronicled life with their father. Judge Lee was recognized and lauded innumerable times for her achievements and contributions. She was a woman of great intellect, dignity, integrity, strength, courage, and compassion. She was an inspirational trailblazer who made an indelible impact. We honor her memory and legacy. Judge Lee will be sorely missed.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Let us keep Judge Lee, her husband, Robert M. Lee, Sr., our colleague, Arthur Shores Lee, and her entire family in our prayers.