Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. has been a member of the Michigan Supreme Court since 1999. He was elected to the Court in 2002 and re-elected in 2010 to a term that will expire on January 1, 2019.
Chief Justice Young graduated in 1974 from Harvard College with honors and from Harvard Law School in 1977. In 1978, he joined the law firm of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen & Freeman, becoming a partner in the firm in 1982. Beginning in 1992, Chief Justice Young served as vice president, corporate secretary, and general counsel of AAA Michigan. In 1995, he was appointed a judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals; he was elected to that court in 1996.
Chief Justice Young, who has served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School for a number of years, is the author of “Active Liberty and the Problem of Judicial Oligarchy,” in The Supreme Court and the Idea of Constitutionalism (Kautz, Melzer, Weinberger & Zinman, Eds., University of Pennsylvania Press 2009). He is a co-editor of Michigan Civil Procedure During Trial, 2d Ed. (Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1989) and Michigan Civil Procedure (Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1999). He holds honorary degrees from Michigan State University and Central Michigan University.
Chief Justice Young has served on the boards of many charitable business and civic organizations, including United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit and Vista Maria, a resource center for disadvantaged young women and girls. He has also served as a trustee of the Detroit Institute of Children, The Detroit Historical Society, and the Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice Concerning Child Abuse and Neglect. A former commissioner of the Michigan Civil Service Commission, Chief Justice Young was a trustee of Central Michigan University, University Liggett School, and the Grosse Pointe Academy. He is a former chair of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Detroit” program. In 1999, he was named “Alumnus of the Year” by Detroit Country Day School.