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
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
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.