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Term: 1999 – 2019

Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., is the 68th Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was appointed to the Court in 1999 by Governor John Engler (R), was elected in 2000 and 2002, and re-elected in 2010. He was elected Chief Justice in 2011 and his term expires in 2019.

Chief Justice Young attended Harvard for his undergraduate and law school educations. He served on the Michigan Court of Appeals from 1995 to 1999. Prior to that, he was general counsel at AAA Michigan and a partner at the Dickinson Wright law firm in Detroit, where he grew up.

Notable environmental cases decided by Chief Justice Young include…

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After Elections, Court Vacates Prior Decision to Protect AuSable Watershed

AG Not Allowed to Appeal Leaking Underground Storage Tank Case

Beach Walking on the Great Lakes Shoreline

Citizens Lose Ability to Protect Environment by Challenging a Permit

Court Limits Ability of “Any Person” to Protect Michigan’s Environment

Court Limits Standing to Prevent Bottled Water Plant from Draining Wetlands

Court Upholds Saginaw’s Ban on Hunting

DNR’s Burt Lake Boat Launch Subject to Local Zoning Control

Environmental Contamination is a Factor in Eminent Domain Valuation

Equitable Jurisdiction Applies to Drain Code Disputes only when Constitutional Concerns are Implicated

Municipalities Can Be Responsible for Private Sewage Discharge

New Cranberry Farm Subject to Wetland Permits

No Compensation for Victims of Toxic Dioxin Exposure

No Eminent Domain Compensation for Highway Construction Effects

No Noneconomic Damages for Negligent Destruction of Property

No Tax Exemption for Car Emissions Testing Facilities

Shooting Ranges May Not Be Subject to Zoning Controls

Utility-Owned Electric Transmission Equipment is Partially Subject to State Use Tax

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