American Justice Partnership Names Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young 'Guardian of Justice'

Young is inaugural recipient of annual award, cited for defense of Constitution and rule of law

Sep 28, 2010, 08:30 ET from American Justice Partnership

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Justice Partnership (AJP), a national organization dedicated to promoting free enterprise and legal reform in the states, today named Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. the recipient of its first annual "Guardian of Justice" award.  Justice Young was recognized for his career on the Michigan Supreme Court, where he has been a member since 1999, and the Michigan Court of Appeals, where he served from 1995-1999.

Dan Pero, President of AJP, praised Justice Young's body of work. "Justice Young exemplifies all of the criteria we considered in making this award," said Pero.  "He 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."

Pero also commended Justice Young for not only serving the people of Michigan from the bench, but in the community, as well.  Justice Young has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School for a number of years and served as a trustee of various charitable and civic organizations devoted to children's interests including the Detroit Institute of Children, the Detroit Historical Society, and the Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice Concerning Child Abuse and Neglect.  

Justice Robert Young graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1974 and from Harvard Law School in 1977.  He served in private practice and as a corporate general counsel before being appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by Governor John Engler in 1995.  

"Justice Young is a model jurist," said Pero.  "He understands and believes in the important position our courts occupy. Despite an increasingly activist legal environment, Justice Young steadfastly holds to the rule of law and is the embodiment of judicial restraint.  We are proud to name him our first 'Guardian of Justice.'"

About American Justice Partnership

AJP works to promote free enterprise and improve the fairness and predictability of the legal environment at the state level.  Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, AJP partners with more than 60 state and national organizations in its work around the country.  For more information visit AJP's website:

SOURCE American Justice Partnership