Detroit Legal News Examiner

By Margaret Lucas Agius

The justices of the Michigan Supreme Court have elected Robert P. Young, Jr. as Chief Justice, the court announced today. The court elects a chief justice at the beginning of every odd-numbered year.

A Detroit native, Young earned both undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. He began his legal career in 1978 with the law firm of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen, & Freeman. In 1992, he joined AAA Michigan as its vice-president, corporate secretary and general counsel.

Governor John Engler appointed him to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1995, followed by Young’s election to that court in 1996. Engler then appointed him to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1999, followed by Young’s election in 2002 and re-election in 2010.

Young served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School for a number of years. He 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 MichiganCivil Procedure During Trial, 2d Ed. (Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1989) and Michigan Civil Procedure (Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1999). Michigan State University and Central Michigan University have awarded him honorary degrees.