Michele Young is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, a former adjunct law professor in two law schools and law clerk to three federal judges, including the Hon. George Edwards, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Sixth Circuit, author of articles and co-author of a law book for the American Bar Association. Ms. Young considers it an honor and pleasure to redress each and every injustice and to serve the legal needs of each individual in need of help. Her lawyering is distinguished by an emphasis on innovativeness, integrity, non-stop hard work, and heart. She takes great pride in solving what appears to be, at first blush, an unsolvable legal problem. She has spearheaded successful political, public interest, civic, and media campaigns, serving as an advocate in whatever capacity is needed.
Ms. Young’s present emphasis is to create a culture where everyone has a seat at the table. As a lawyer, she fights for the rights of Americans who are not treated fairly or justly by our government. Ms. Young is honored to represent Sherry Chen who was set apart and marked for a false arrest and malicious prosecution after a government worker sent an e-mail alleging an “American citizen but Chinese national,” a security risk. This seminal case is viewed as the turning point in present American history when American scientists across the nation were targeted because of their national origin and color of their skin. The persecution of Ms. Chen is close to entering its tenth year as the present “yellow” scare continues unabated, wrecking the lives and futures of America’s Asian American scientists.
Ms. Young is proud to represent the father and be part of the civil team trying to bring justice to the family of Gabriel Teye, the 8-year old who committed suicide after being brutally bullied. This precedent setting case will hopefully mark the beginning of a recognition that as a nation, owe more to our children and our families when they drop their child off at school.
Michele helped and is a mentor to Tyra Patterson, free Christmas Day 2018 for a crime she did not commit after 23 years in prison. But it is not just high-profile cases that matter to Young. She believes legal work that makes a difference in a person’s life is worth the effort.
“I tend to look at the person and say, ‘What if it was me?’ And then I say, ‘What will it take to break down the walls so they can get where they want to go?’” she said.
Ms. Young’s conviction to social justice goes deeper than her legal work; whether it is arranging for a single mother to have a new heater in her home or bringing holiday presents to an underprivileged child., she does what she can. Ms. Young is presently the Advisory Chair for the Ohio Asian Pacific Islanders American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), a board member of the Ohio Justice Policy Center, the American Jewish Committee, and Co-Founder of the Black Jewish Table of Understanding and a member of the Cincinnatus Association, Equasion , and the Potter Stewart Inn of Court. She is part of the team of Interfaith leaders that founded Kids4Peace, the first summer camp where local Muslim, Christian and Jewish Kids come together. She prides herself on bringing leaders from all walks of life to come together to make difference whether it is in the life of a child or a community. She is presently working with different community leaders to provide a legal voice to those at risk of losing their work and their home.
Ms. Young has led the “don’t text and drive” campaign for Gregory S. Young Co. LPA. The six-year old campaign reaches hundreds of thousands of homes weekly, through television, features Cincinnati’s icons and has been carried for years in partnership with CBS Local 12, CW, and Star 64 and reached high school students through anti- texting rallies. Ms. Young asked the first Asian-American woman to seek county office and ran her campaign without compensation to break through an age-old barrier. After the landslide victory, Michele received the received the 2014 Cincinnati Women Political Caucus Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2016, Michele was the endorsed Democratic candidate for Congress for OH-1. She was a 2019 Woman of Influence Awardee and 2020 Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year and 2020 Cincinnati Bar Association ‘s Julia A. Stauberg 2020 Honoree.
Michele is of counsel to Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, a law firm entering its sixtieth year, specializing in personal injury law. She has her own law firm focused on social justice and advocacy, Michele Young, Co., LPA.