(Editor’s Note: Pauline Lee is running for the vacant position of Nevada’s Republican National Committeewoman. The election is scheduled to be held at the Nevada GOP meeting in Ely on January 14, 2023. The following background information was submitted by her staff.)
Pauline Ng Lee is a community advocate, organizer and volunteer in the Asian and greater Las Vegas community.
Born and raised in Southern California, Pauline received her bachelors of accounting degree from the University of Southern California where she served as President of the Student Government. Pauline then received her juris doctorate degree from Duke University School of Law where she served as President of the Duke Bar Association and received accolades as a member of its Moot Court Board.
Pauline is licensed to practice in California, Texas and Nevada, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the Southern District of Texas.
Before settling down in Las Vegas in 1997, Pauline practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, Texas at large multi-national law firms.
After she moved to Las Vegas, Pauline worked on several large commercial and casino bankruptcies, including National Airlines, Resort at Summerlin and the Aladdin Hotel & Casino representing creditor’s committee, creditors and equity owners.
Finding a need to develop comraderie among AAPI attorneys, Pauline co-founded the Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas. In 2003, the National Asian Pacific Bar Association named her a “Best Lawyer Under 40.” The following year, In Business Las Vegas named her a “Rising Star.”
Named a partner in 2000, Pauline was the department head of the bankruptcy law section at Hale Lane Peek Dennison & Howard (now known as Holland & Hart) and served in that capacity until the birth of her fourth child.
Pauline is passionate about the advancement of education and healthcare. For several years, Pauline was on the USC Board of Governors. She became very active in passing medical malpractice insurance reform, also known as Keep Our Doctors in Nevada initiative.
In 2005, Pauline became co-president of the Clark County Medical Society Alliance (“CCMSA”), a charitable non-profit organization composed of physician spouses. As co-president of the CCMSA, she was largely responsible for organizing a fashion show to raise significant funds to support the American Stroke Association’s initiative for early emergent effective response in the hospitals.
Pauline also facilitated the introduction of the Faux Paw the Techno Cat Internet Safety program in all of the Clark County School District’s primary schools. As co-president of the CCMSA, Pauline raised funds for nursing student scholarships during a time when there was a critical shortage of nurses in Las Vegas.
In 2009, she was elected co-president of the Nevada State Medical Alliance, where she directed the State Alliance health project, oversaw the activities of multiple county alliances and represented Nevada at the American Medical Association Alliance conference.
In 2010, Pauline reconfigured the annual nursing scholarship program into a county-wide Holiday Greetings Program venture, raising significant scholarship monies to increase the retention of nurses in the community. Since 2005, the CCMSA has raised over $500,000 in scholarship for nurses and most recently, medical students.
Pauline provided leadership as a former President of The Meadows School Parents Association during which she increased parent volunteer efforts and expanded the School’s Summer Expo, bringing more out-of-state camp opportunities for children.
She has served as chair of the Las Vegas Ballet Company, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to preserving classical ballet in Southern Nevada and has also served as a board member of the Nevada School of the Arts where she raised funds by chairing two fundraising galas.
Pauline has served as the treasurer for Young Mens Service League and as a Grade Level Coordinator for National Charity League
In 2016, Pauline was a precinct captain with the Clark County Republican Party and was a founder of the Asian Americans for Trump coalition. Starting in 2018, Pauline served for 3 years as the President of the Nevada Republican Club where she was instrumental in changing its brand and increasing membership three-fold, making it the largest Republican club in Nevada.
During her tenure, the NRC issued slate cards for every general & primary election, including recommending nonpartisan candidates based on research and extensive interviews. She continues to serve on its Board of Directors, managing projects that increase enthusiasm among its members. She has been on the judicial selection team for the last 8 years, interviewing scores of judicial candidates.
In the last election cycle, Pauline personally walked over 1500 residences and the Club knocked on over 6,000 residences. She raised a substantial sum for Republican candidates, including Joe Lombardo and April Becker.
As the lead Republican volunteer attorney working at the Clark County Election Department, Pauline worked as an observer and as counsel for the Republican Party for two weeks during the General Election. Prior to the 2022 Elections, Pauline worked assiduously in 2021 with Deputy Secretary of State and the NVGOP to set forth more stringent regulations to improve election integrity.
Pauline is also the Facilitator for the Clubs Consortium which is a leadership group composed of conservative grassroots clubs and organizations which shares information and coordinates events. They meet monthly to share strategies to improve Republican leadership and marketing tips.
In 2018, Pauline was the ProLife Honoree for the First Choice Pregnancy Center’s Annual Gala.
Pauline currently serves on the Board of Directors for Keystone Corporation, a non-partisan pro-business PAC. She publishes its weekly newsletter, coordinates its branding and marketing, organizes its events, vets candidates and raises awareness and funding for Keystone’s mission.
She was instrumental in hosting several key events in the past two years, which lead to substantial fundraising successes. One of her favorite projects is the Keystone Young Professionals Network, where she mentors young business professionals and helps them advance their professional goals. As of December 2022, the group has grown to 60 members.
Pauline’s love of her life, John Lee, is a physician. They spend weekends improving their sharpshooting once they got their CCW permits in Summer 2021. She loves spending time with her four active children and is big fan of their artistic and athletic pursuits.