Dennis E. Milton, a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Eastern District of New York, passed away on May 31, 2010, after a long illness. Judge Milton’s death was announced by his wife, Karen Greve Milton, the Circuit Executive for the federal courts in the Second Circuit.
Judge Milton was born in 1951 in Staten Island, New York. He attended Regis High School and Columbia University, and in 1976 he received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. In 1983, after working as an associate at the law firm of McGuire & Lawler in New York City, Judge Milton became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York. Among his other accomplishments as a prosecutor, Judge Milton helped establish the United States Attorney’s Long Island office.
Judge Milton left the United States Attorney’s office to serve as Chief Deputy County Attorney for Suffolk County, where he served until 1991. In addition, for five years prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Milton was special counsel to the Chief Investigator of the Independent Review Board established by a judicial decree to oversee the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Judge Milton was appointed to his position as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in 2001, and he served the people of the Eastern District in that capacity until the time of his death. Judge Milton was personally responsible for representing the court in connection with the renovation of the historic United States Post Office building on Cadman Plaza, and with moving the Bankruptcy Court into the newly‐renovated building.
In 2009, Judge Milton was awarded Regis High School's Deo et Patriae Award. The annual award is presented to a Regian or to a friend of Regis who has served Regis High School and the community in a distinguished capacity during the course of his life. More recently, Judge Milton was named “Man of the Year” by the Long Island Chapter of the Fordham Law School Alumni Association, an honor that will be awarded posthumously on June 9, 2010.
Reposing at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, New York, Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Memory of Judge Milton to Regis High School, 55 East 85th Street, New York, NY 10028.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Huntington, New York.