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Judge Biographies

Lee Jr., Milton C.

Appointed: 
January 15, 1998

Milton C. Lee, Jr. was installed as a Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the

District of Columbia on January 15, 1998. Since his appointment, Judge Lee has served in

Criminal and Civil Divisions of the court. He is currently assigned to the Family Court and

serves as the co-chair of the Juvenile Delinquency subcommittee.

Judge Lee received his Bachelor of Arts from American University School of Justice in

1982. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School

of Law.

Following law school, Judge Lee joined the District of Columbia Public Defender

Service as a staff attorney. There he served as a trial attorney for many years, representing

indigent persons in the Family, Misdemeanor, and Felony Divisions of the Superior Court. He

also argued a number of appellate cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Judge Lee took leave from the Public Defender Service and taught as a Visiting

Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in the Criminal Justice

Clinic. He also served as a supervisor in the E. Barrett Prettyman Program. He returned briefly

to the Public Defender Service as Deputy Trial Chief, and in 1993 joined the faculty at the

former District of Columbia School of Law, where he supervised students in the Juvenile Law

Clinic. Judge Lee continued his focus in the classroom, teaching Evidence, Criminal Law and

Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and Wills and Estates. In 1995 he received the Professor of the Year

from the student body. In 2004 he received the same award for his service as a member of the

adjunct faculty.

Since his appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Lee has remained active in the both

the legal and academic communities. He has continued to serve the law school community as an

adjunct faculty member, and in 1995 published an article analyzing the recent amendments to the

Court’s juvenile detention statute. Judge Lee and the members of the Juvenile Law Clinic

published a manual for practitioners in the area of special education advocacy. Judge later

authored an article supporting greater discovery in criminal cases.

After serving on the Superior Court Task Force for Families and Violence, Judge Lee

assisted in the development of the Teen Court Diversion Program. In addition, Judge Lee has

been a consistent contributor to the Criminal Practice Institute, Neglect Practice Institute as well

as many other local bar programs. He has also taught in the Harvard Trial Advocacy Program

for several years.