Court of Appeals: Seat 7

Meet Judge Reuben Young

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Judge Reuben F. Young was appointed by Governor 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. From 2009 to 2011, Judge Young served as Secretary of the former Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. He was appointed 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. 

 In 1995, Judge Young worked for the North Carolina Department of Justice, specifically representing 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 and 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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