Judge Richard Young Southern Indiana U.S. District Court

Judge Richard Young

Southern Indiana U.S. District Court

Richard L. Young was born in 1953 in Davenport, Iowa. He earned an undergraduate degree from Drake University and received his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. He entered into the private practice of law in Evansville, Indiana. He also served as a part-time public defender for the Vandenburgh Circuit Court. He was the corporation counsel to the City of Evansville for two years, and a circuit judge of the Vandenburgh Circuit Court for eight years.

Young was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He was confirmed by the Senate in an 81-0 vote, and received his commission in March 1998. He served seven years as that court’s Chief Judge.

In the News…

In 2018, Indiana passed a law that would have required abortion providers to submit complication reports and also required abortion clinic inspections. The law provided for severe penalties for violations on reporting.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young struck down part of the law on reporting complications, but left in place the inspections portion of the law.

A lawsuit filed in 2018 claimed the requirement that abortion providers submit complication reports was too vague, requiring doctors to report to the Indiana State Department of Health every physical or psychological complication of an abortion or face fines. The state later amended the law to list 25 distinct complications.

The attorney for the plaintiffs said the law would have burdened both patients and their medical providers with unnecessary reporting requirements. The court agreed.

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Did you pray for Judge Young today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Richard L. Young
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Birch Bayh Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
46 East Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204


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