Young announces candidacy for 22A District Court judge

Posted at 7:03 PM on Nov 4, 2017


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Rob Young, who works as a staff attorney for the Alexander County Department of Social Services in Taylorsville, has announced his candidacy for 22A District Court Judge in 2018.

A resident of Statesville, he is seeking the seat currently occupied by Judge H. Thomas Church, whose term expires in 2018. This is Young's first official run for judicial office.

Young is a 1995 graduate of Drake University School of Law in Des Moines, Iowa, where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree. His completed his Bachelor’s Degree degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he double majored in Philosophy and Economics. He additionally earned a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2014 in Religious Studies.

Following graduation from law school, Young passed the North Carolina Bar in 1995 and entered private practice in that same year, starting a solo state and federal practice in Asheville. While in private practice, he handled both civil and criminal matters in North Carolina District and Superior courts as well as the U.S. Bankruptcy and District Courts for the Western District of North Carolina. He also actively undertook appellate work before the N.C. Court of Appeals.

In 1999, he became the staff attorney for the Iredell County Department of Social Services, where he represented the agency in child welfare, child support and adult services matters. He also handled appeals for the agency. In 2004, Young became the staff attorney for the Alexander County Department of Social Services, where he remains at present.

In addition to his work as an attorney, Young has published two legal treatises for Thomson Reuters. In 2003, he first authored North Carolina Juvenile Code: Practice and Procedure, a work devoted to abuse, neglect and dependency juvenile cases; juvenile delinquency matters; termination of parental rights cases, juvenile evidence; and juvenile emancipation. North Carolina Juvenile Code: Practice and Procedure Is updated each year and was last published in 2017. The second treatise, Legal Rights of Children, was originally published by the late Donald Kramer for Thomson Reuters. In 2015, Young was asked by editorial staff at Thomson Reuters to revise and update the work, which resulted in the Third Revised Edition in 2016. A yearly update of the work was recently published in 2017.

Young has been a resident of Iredell County since 1999. He has been married to his wife, Kimberly Young, for 25 years. He has two children and currently resides in Statesville, where he is a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.

He has served as president of the Northview IB Parent Teacher Organization for two terms, has been a school volunteer in the Iredell-Statesville School System, and has been actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, where he currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 348 (Wesley Chapel) in Statesville. He also currently serves as a senior advisor for the Crosby Scholars program at South Iredell High School and has been an adjunct instructor in the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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