Deborah  Young
Judge J. Russell McElroy Professor of Law
Cumberland School of Law
Cumberland School of Law
Office:  Robinson Hall
Phone: 205-726-2894

Joined faculty in 1997


Teaching & Research Interests: Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy

Practice Experience

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1983-1990
  • Clerk, Judge Thomas A. Clark, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1982-83

Academic Experience

  • Fulbright Professor; Xiamen University, Xiamen, China 2007
  • Emory University School of Law, 1990-97

Expert in federal rules of evidence; criminal procedure; criminal law; and international criminal litigation. Expert in sentencing practices; co-author of Federal Sentencing Law and Practice (West Publishing).

Expert in rules of search and seizure, police investigative techniques and interrogations. As Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1983-1990, Young worked in Transnational and Major Crimes Section, prosecuting criminal cases of espionage, bribery, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and narcotics violations.

Degrees and Certifications

  • J.D., Cum Laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1982; Associate Editor and Notes Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
  • Corning Traveling Fellow, 1978-79
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, University of Kentucky, Political Science and Spanish, 1978; Phi Beta Kappa