Chief Justice Robert P. Young, "The Common Law"
Robert P. Young Jr. is the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He attended both Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He was first appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1999, elected in 2000 and 2002, and again won reelection in 2010 for a term ending in 2019. Chief Justice Young was named the Jurist of the Year by the Police Officer's Association of Michigan in 2000 and again in 2010. He was named the American Justice Partnership's "Guardian of Justice" in 2010. The group explained that Chief Justice Young is a "tireless protector of the U.S. Constitution, strong and steady defender of our nation's principles of justice, and unstinting adherent to the intentions and ideals of our nation's founders." He is a self-described judicial traditionalist or textualist, and he is currently the highest black elected official serving the State of Michigan.
Presented by the Black Law Students Association and the Federalist Society on February 9, 2017.