HONORABLE DENNIS ADKINS
Judge Adkins was appointed to the General Division bench on June 6, 2011. He serves as the Appointments Committee Chair, and serves on the Criminal Practice, Security and Technology Committees. He received his B.S. from the University of Dayton in 1982, and his J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 1986.
From 1986 to 2011, Judge Adkins practiced law in the Dayton area, engaging in both criminal and civil litigation. Since 1993, he has served as an Acting Judge in Kettering Municipal Court, and has over 15 years of experience as a special prosecutor in several cities.
Judge Adkins is a member of the American, Ohio, and Dayton Bar Associations, the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, and has taught continuing legal education seminars for the Dayton Bar Association. He has also been a frequent lecturer at local colleges, including the University of Dayton School of Law, various legal organizations, and other community civic and service groups.
He currently serves on the Dayton Bar Association's Certified Grievance Committee, the Dayton Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee, Ohio Judicial Conference Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, and is on the Judicial Advisory Board of the MonDay Community Correctional Institution. Judge Adkins is also a member of the Dayton Lawyers Club and the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court.
In 2013, Judge Adkins created the first Veteran's Treatment Court in this area. He presides over the court, which is designed to provide treatment and rehabilitation for veterans who have found themselves involved in the Criminal Justice System due to combat related problems.
Judge Adkins is also Honorary Chair of the Final Salute Society, which assures that no Veteran is buried in Montgomery County without a representative at the grave site to receive the American flag for the veteran's service to this country.