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William G. Young

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This article is about William G. Young, the federal judge. If you are looking for information on the Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals judge, please see William W. Young.

William G. Young
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Current Court Information:
District of Massachusetts
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #11
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   4/4/1985 - Present
Chief:   1999-2005
Preceded by:   98 Stat. 333
Past post:   Superior Court of Massachusetts
Past term:   1978-1985
Personal History
Born:   1940
Hometown:   Huntington, NY
Undergraduate:   Harvard U., A.B., 1962
Law School:   Harvard Law, LL.B., 1967
William G. Young (b. 1940) is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. At the time of appointment, Young served as an Associate justice for the Superior Court of Massachusetts.[1]

Early life and education

A native of New York State, Young graduated from Harvard University with his bachelor's degree in 1962 and with his law degree in 1967. Young also served as a US Army Captain from 1962 to 1964.[1]

Professional career

Young started his legal career as a law clerk for former State Chief Justice Raymond Wilkins of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1967 to 1968. Young also spent four years as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Massachusetts from 1968 to 1972. Also for two years, Young also served as a part-time Special assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1970 to 1972. From 1972 to 1974, Young served as the Chief counsel to Francis Sargent the former Governor of Massachusetts from 1972 to 1974. In 1974, Young resumed private practice work in the State of Massachusetts until 1978 when Young was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis as Associate justice for the Superior Court of Massachusetts from 1978 to 1985 when he was appointed to the Federal bench. Also, Young served as a Lecturer in law for the Boston College Law School since 1968 and for the Boston University Law School since 1979. Young also served at his alma mater Harvard Law School from 1979 to 1990.[1]

Judicial career

District of Massachusetts

Young was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on March 8, 1985 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. Young was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 3, 1985 on a senate vote and received commission on April 4, 1985. Young served as the chief judge of the court from 1999 to 2005.[1]

Notable cases

Boston hybrid taxis (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Ophir v. City Of Boston, Civil Action No. 09-10467-WGY)

On December 11, 2009, Judge Young ruled in favor of the Boston Taxi Owners Association who sued the City of Boston over a new policy requiring taxi owners to switch to hybrids by 2015. The taxi owners sued on claims that they were bullied by the Boston Police's Hackney Carriage unit to buy the new hybrids. The judge found in his ruling that the new rules instituted by the Boston Police were in violation of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975.[2]

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