Judge Reuben F. Young was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Court of Appeals on April 15, 2019. Previously, Judge Young served as Interim Chief Deputy
Secretary of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice. In this role, Judge Young worked with state officials to enhance safety in prisons and to improve the rehabilitation of offenders. He has traveled across the State to survey facilities and to speak with state employees about improving the prison system. From 2009 to 2011, Judge Young served as Secretary of the former Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. He was the first Secretary of the newly consolidated Department of Public Safety in 2012. Later, Judge Young was appointed Special Superior Court Judge for the 10th Judicial District of North Carolina. Judge Young served as a jurist for five years until he returned to the Department of Public Safety as its Interim Chief Secretary.

Judge Young began his legal career in Austin, Texas where he worked as a prosecutor,assistant attorney general, and a private practitioner. When he returned to North Carolina in 1995, Judge Young worked for the state Department of Justice, specifically the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety for six years. In 2001, Judge Young joined the Governor’s office as Deputy Legal Counsel, and then Chief Legal Counsel. Judge Young received the Distinguished Service Medal for his support of the North Carolina National Guard during his tenure in the Governor’s office. He has also twice received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. 


Judge Young is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham.

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