Faculty Profile: Evan A Young
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Evan Young, a Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, is an adjunct professor who has taught Federal Courts since 2015. Young is a graduate of the Yale Law School; Oxford University, where he was a British Marshall Scholar; and Duke University, where he was an A.B. Duke Memorial Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated summa cum laude.
After law school, Young became a law clerk to Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court and Judge Wilkinson on the Fourth Circuit. He was Counsel to the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2006 to 2008 under Attorneys General Gonzales and Mukasey, and he spent nearly a year on behalf of DOJ at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was the Deputy Rule of Law Coordinator. In that position he worked with leaders of the Iraqi justice system, and especially its courts, to assist in developing their institutional integrity.
After leaving the federal government, Young joined Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Austin office, where he was a partner and Co-Chair of the Firm's Supreme Court and Constitutional Law practice group. His practice focused on trial and appellate litigation, and he successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Texas, and lower federal and state courts. He is a frequent writer and lecturer at professional conferences and for legal publications.
Young is an elected member of the American Law Institute and was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee. Governor Abbott nominated him as a member of the Texas Judicial Council, and the Texas Senate confirmed that nomination in May 2017. Young has been Chair of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Texas Regional Office and Chair of the Texas State Bar's Business Law Section.
Governor Abbott named Young to the Texas Supreme Court to fill the position vacated by Justice Eva Guzman. Young took the oath of office on November 10, 2021.