The Honorable Judge William G. Young, speaker at New England Law Review’s Fall 2013 Symposium, is a United States Federal Judge for the District of Massachusetts. A native of Huntington, New York, Judge Young received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1962, served our nation as a United States Army Captain from 1962 to 1964, and earned his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1967.
Following his graduation, Judge Young served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond S. Wilkins of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1967–1968), Special Assistant to the Massachusetts Attorney General (1970–1972), and Chief Counsel to Governor Francis W. Sargent (1972–1974). After serving on the Massachusetts Superior Court for eight years, President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Young to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in March 1985. Judge Young went on to serve as Chief Judge from 1999 to 2005.
During his tenure, Judge Young has presided over such highly publicized criminal trials as the “Big Dan’s” rape case, the “Boston Strangler” case, and the “Shoe Bomber” case, in which he told the defendant, “You are not an enemy combatant, you are a terrorist. . . . You are not a soldier in any army, you are a terrorist. To call you a soldier gives you far too much stature.”
Throughout his career, Judge Young has made important contributions to the legal community. Commonly referred to as the “The Education Judge,” Judge Young has lectured at such schools as Boston College Law School, Boston University Law School, Harvard Law School, New England Law | Boston, University of South Carolina, and Western New England College School of Law. Judge Young has also contributed to the Massachusetts Practice Series, several editions of Massachusetts Evidentiary Standards, and has written articles for Tulane Law Review, Penn State Law Review, The Federal Lawyer, Massachusetts Law Review, and Suffolk University Law Review.
This impressive list will grow yet again when the Honorable Judge William G. Young’s keynote address, Measuring Holmes’ “Regiments,” as well as Bench Presence 2014: An Updated Look at Federal District Court Productivity by Jordan M. Singer and the Honorable William G. Young are featured in Book Three of the New England Law Review, Volume 48. That issue is due to be posted here later this month.