Iriane B. Lee
Of-Counsel Attorney

Iriane B. Lee earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence in July 2015 from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, La. She attended Tulane University Law School and participated in the study abroad program, which took her to Berlin, Germany in 2014 where she studied alternative dispute resolution. Iriane has a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Human Resources Management from Texas Southern University. She attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she majored in Psychology and minored in Political Science. She is barred in Louisiana (2016) and is a Louisiana Notary Public.

 

Iriane has worked for the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights as an Equal Opportunity Specialist and Investigator. She investigated, analyzed and resolved cases of discrimination related to employment, public accommodations, and banking and lending practices referred by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) while adhering to the state of Louisiana and federal regulations. Her responsibilities included mediating disputes between respondents, complainants and/or attorneys and retrieving relevant evidence, interviewing witnesses, respondents, complainants and/or attorneys before drafting “cause” or “no cause” recommendations regarding the pursuit of litigation.

 

As a Legal Assistant at the Southern University Law Center, Iriane conducted legal research, produced written and visual materials for research reports; and presentations in preparation for Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure and Consumer Law courses. As a Pro Bono Coordinator, she assisted in the organization and management of SULC’s student pro-bono program. She also was proud to coordinate SULC’s participation in Touro Law’s Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Legal Aid Project in New York.

 

In the summer of 2014, Iriane was a Legal Fellow with the Civil Rights Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law. While there, she researched unresolved homicide cases between 1930 and 1965 in Louisiana and Mississippi. She developed case files by drafting legal documents, submitting FOIA requests, obtaining media reports and photographs, and researching NCAAP papers, ProQuest, and Ancestry. This work also included locating and interviewing law enforcement, public officials, journalists and community leaders relative to assigned cases.

 

As a law clerk in with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Houston, TX in 2013, Iriane analyzed, researched and developed cases to formulate comprehensive decisions and act on requests for hearings regarding disability cases. She assisted n Administrative Law Judges in the review and analysis of cases prior to and after hearings. Her job was to ensure decisions were consistent with the adjudication policies of Social Security law, regulations and rulings.

 

Iriane spent four years as a Field Service Representative with the Social Security Administration of the United States of America, where she investigated cases and issues regarding Disability, Retirement, Survivors, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and Medicare benefits and maintained and verified benefit records. During her time there she received the Recognition of Contribution Award in July 2012, and Exemplary Contribution and Service Awards in 2009 and 2010.

 

As the Assistant Executive Director for CSTEM Teacher and Support Services, Inc. in Houston, TX, Iriane provided administrative support and impacted organizational efficiency and productivity. She supervised, trained and directed the executive director’s office staff and interns, and performed complex administrative tasks while organizing and coordinating special projects applicable to STEM education within the Houston and Alief Independent school districts.

RECENT PRO BONO

  • Received the 2015 SULC Pro Bono Award for completing at least 300 hours of service during law school matriculation
  •  Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Pro-Bono Legal Aid Project, Touro Law Center, Long Island, NY, Summer 2013

AWARDS

  • Chancellor’s Leadership Award, Spring 2014, 2015
  • Student Bar Association’s Chairperson of the Year Award, 2014-2015
  • Student Bar Association President’s Award, Spring 2014

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Student Attorney, Criminal Law and Elder Law Clinic (s), 19th Judicial District Court, 2013-2015
  • Law Student Mentor, High School Minority Law and Research Institute, Summer (s) 2013, 2014
  • Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Since 2003
  • Member, American Bar Association; Baton Rouge Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, National Association for Women Lawyers, National Bar Association; Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, Incorporated

Thuy-Duyen Le
Intern

Thuy-Duyen Le is an intern at Transcendent Legal and currently studying Political Science and Chemistry at Loyola University New Orleans. She has a 3.67 GPA and is in the University Honors Program working on her Honors Thesis “Liber Augustalis and Las Siete Partidas: Their Connection in Public Health Law.”

In 2014, Thuy was an Early Interventionist Intern with the Recovery School District, performing clerical work and other assigned duties. She also acted as a translator during Child Search procedures and assisted with group therapy for children.

When Thuy is not in the office alongside Transcendent Legal attorneys or working on her thesis, she’s a sales associate at J. Crew. She also spends time volunteering with the Veteran Affairs Clinic, Alzheimer’s Association and Loyola Society for Civic Engagement. In the summer of 2015, she volunteered at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans where she supervised the hematology/oncology ward playrooms to entertain patients during their stays and alleviate the stress of parents.

Personal:

  • Fluent in Vietnamese and intermediate understanding of French
  • First in family to graduate college
  • Recipient of the Political Science Departmental Scholarship