Honorable John Milton Younge, a native Philadelphian, is a Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Younge was first nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama in July 2015. This nomination expired in January 2017. He was re-nominated by President Donald Trump in July 2018 and was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 2019.
Judge Younge’s judicial career began when he was elected to a ten-year term on the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1995. He 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 has served as an adjunct professor at the Delaware County Community College.
His current civic and church involvements are Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Consortium, the West Philadelphia community mental health center; Chairman of the Board of Directors of 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; member of Most Worshipful Prince Hall Lodge of Pennsylvania, F.A.M., Phoenix Lodge #3, Co-Chairman of the Board of Finance of Sharon Baptist Church.
His professional involvements include his memberships in the Clifford Scott Green Chapter of the National Bar Association Judicial Council; member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Judge Younge resides in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Joy May Brown-Younge.