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August 31, 2006

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330

Professor Ernest Young Appointed to Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts

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Professor Ernest Young
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpadden

AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Ernest Young of The University of Texas School of Law has been appointed to the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts.

“In the seven years since Ernie joined our faculty, he has not only established his place as one of our nation's preeminent constitutional law scholars, but has also earned a reputation as one of our finest teachers,” said Steve Goode, interim dean of the School of Law. “I can think of no one more deserving of holding the Charles Alan Wright Chair,” he said.

Professor Young teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Foreign Affairs Law. One of UT Law's most prolific scholars, Young's work focuses on applying constitutional principles of federalism and separation of powers to areas ranging from international human rights and trade regimes to intellectual property and maritime law. His articles have appeared in The Texas Law Review, The Supreme Court Review, the Harvard Law Review, and many other journals, and he has participated in major constitutional litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

When he first began teaching at UT Law, his daily walk to class took him by the full-length portrait of Charles Alan Wright that hangs on the first floor. He recalls that the portrait was "a daily reminder of UT's tradition of excellence in the field of Federal Courts--and a daily spur to try to measure up." Before Professor Wright passed away in 2000, Young's first-year students would ask him whom they should take for Federal Courts later on. "I told them they had a choice between Professor Wright and Professor Wrong," Young says. "It's an overwhelming honor to be associated, in some small way, with such a great figure in the history of American law."

About Professor Young:

A native of Abilene, Texas, Professor Young joined the law faculty in 1999. He graduated from Dartmouth College (1990) and Harvard Law School (1993). After law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1993-94) and to Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (1995-96). Professor Young practiced law at Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw, & Wulff in Dallas, Texas (1994-95) and at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. (1996-98), where he specialized in appellate litigation. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School (2004-05) and Villanova University School of Law (1998-99), as well as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center (1997).

Elected to the American Law Institute in 2006, Professor Young won the Federalist Society’s Paul M. Bator Award in 2005 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service. He received the Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award in 2004, as well as the Robert Murff Excellence Award in 2002 (with Tony Reese) from the Texas Campus Career Council for service to students as a judicial clerkship advisor.

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