Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., of the Michigan Supreme Court, will deliver the 2007 Brennan Lecture at 5 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom at Oklahoma City University School of Law. The lecture is titled “The Problem of Oligarchic Judicial Power: A State Judicial Traditionalist’s Perspective.”

“Justice Young’s lecture promises to ask the most important questions regarding the principles and methods proper to the judicial function in a government dedicated to the rule of law,” said OCU School of Law Professor Andrew C. Spiropoulos, director for the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government, which sponsors the Brennan Lecture.

Young was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1999 and re-elected in 2002. Before joining the Supreme Court, Young served as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals, to which he was appointed in 1995 and elected in 1996. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1974 and received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1977.

Young serves as a trustee of charitable and civic organizations devoted to children’s interests, such as Vista Maria, the Detroit Institute of Children, the Detroit Historical Society, Cranbrook Schools and the Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice Concerning Child Abuse and Neglect.

Named in honor of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., the Brennan Lecture at OCU School of Law brings leading scholars in state constitutional law to campus. The Brennan Lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government, under the direction of Spiropoulos with assistant directors Professor of Law Dennis Arrow and Assistant Professor of Law Michael O’Shea. By sponsoring workshops, scholarly writing and public lectures, the Center takes advantage of its location in the heart of Oklahoma’s capital city to promote scholarship and discussion on important issues relating to state and local government.

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