Judge John Milton Younge, a native Philadelphian, was first elected to a ten-year term on the Court of Common Pleas in 1995 and was re-elected in 2005 and 2015. Raised in the southwest section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he is a product of the Philadelphia Public School system and a member of the 232nd graduating class of Central High School in 1973. Judge Younge earned a degree in Business Administration from Boston University in 1977, his Juris Doctor Degree in 1981 from the prestigious Howard University School of Law and in 2011 he received his Masters of Judicial Studies degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. His commitment to community was also in evidence from 1985 to 1995, when he served as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel for the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia. Prior to that, he had his own community-based, private law practice from 1982 to 1985. He currently teaches Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for judges and lawyers and is an adjunct professor at the Delaware County Community College.
His current civic and church involvements are Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Consortium, the West Philadelphia community mental health center; Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New Life Credit Union; board member of the Associated Alumni of Central High School; member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Mu Omega Chapter; Co-Chairman of the Board of Finance of the Deacon’s Board of Sharon Baptist Church.
His professional involvements include his memberships in the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges; member of the Clifford Scott Green Chapter of the National Bar Association Judicial Council; member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates; member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Judge Younge resides in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Joy May Brown-Younge.