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The Honorable James R. Milkey ’71

The Honorable James R. Milkey ’71 serves as Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Justice Milkey attended Renbrook from seventh through ninth grade and then went on to St. Paul’s School. He earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College, a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and a master’s in city planning from MIT. Following law school, Justice Milkey joined the environmental protection division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, where he became chief of the division in 1996. He successfully argued Massachusetts v. EPA, which addressed the Environmental Protection Agency’s responsibility to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Federal Clean Air Act, before the United States Supreme Court. He has received numerous awards for his environmental work, including 2006 Public Servant of the Year from the Environmental League of Massachusetts. In 2007, he was named one of ten Lawyers of the Year by Lawyers USA, and the American Bar Association honored him for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. The following year, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions recognized Justice Milkey for outstanding public service, and in 2009, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Environmental Protection Agency of New England.

“On the very first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, our eighth-grade class spent the day helping to clean up the banks of the Farmington River. My time at Renbrook was critical in developing my lifelong love for the outdoors and my passion for protecting the environment.”

James Milkey with Guests
James Milkey ’71 with wife Cathie Martin and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at Justice Milkey’s swearing-in