Richard L. Young

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Richard L. Young
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
In office
November 23, 2009 – November 23, 2016
Preceded by David Hamilton
Succeeded by Jane Magnus-Stinson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Assumed office
March 6, 1998
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Gene Edward Brooks
Personal details
Born Richard L. Young
1953 (age 63–64)
Davenport, Iowa
Education Drake University B.A.
George Mason University School of Law J.D.

Richard L. Young (born 1953) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Davenport, Iowa, Young received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University in 1975 and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law in 1980. He was in private practice in Evansville, Indiana from 1980 to 1990, also serving as a public defender (part-time) for the Vanderburgh Circuit Court from 1983 to 1985, and as corporation counsel to the City of Evansville, from 1985 to 1987. He was a circuit judge of the Vanderburgh Circuit Court from 1990 to 1998.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On July 15, 1997, Young was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana vacated by Gene Edward Brooks. Young was confirmed by the United States Senate in an 81-0 vote on March 2, 1998, and received his commission on March 6, 1998. He served as Chief Judge from 2009 to 2016.

On June 25, 2014, Judge Young struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage without issuing a stay of his ruling. This ruling was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and review was denied by the United States Supreme Court.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Gene Edward Brooks
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
1998–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
David Hamilton
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
2009–2016
Succeeded by
Jane Magnus-Stinson