Judge John Milton Younge

A Philadelphia judge is among seven jurists nominated to fill federal court vacancies by President Obama on July 30.

“Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity,” said President Obama in a statement.  “Their records are distinguished and impressive, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench.  I am honored to nominate them today.”

Judge John Milton Younge is a 60-year-old African American who has spent the last two decades on the judicial bench. The native Philadelphian was elected to a 10-year term in 1995 and was re-elected in 2005 to a seat in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he presided over both criminal and civil cases.

Prior to that, Younge worked for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, serving as deputy executive director from 1985 to 1991 and subsequently as General Counsel from 1991 to 1995.

Younge began his legal career in 1982 as a solo practitioner in a community-based private law practice.

“As a career public servant, I believe my job is to be committed to improve the lives of people and to be transparent in the performance of my official duties,” said Judge Younge in a statement in March during his run for the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  “I have the character, the competence and the commitment to serve the people of Pennsylvania.”

Judge Younge was educated in the Philadelphia Public School system and is a graduate of Central High School. He earned a degree in business administration from Boston University in 1977, received his juris doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1981 and his master of judicial studies from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011.