William F. Young, the James L. Dohr Professor Emeritus of Law, joined the Columbia Law School faculty in 1957. He served as vice dean from 1977 to 1979.
Prior to the Law School, Young served as a visiting professor at Duke University, as a graduate fellow at Harvard University, and as a faculty member at his alma mater, the University of Texas School of Law. During his career, he has also held visiting professorships at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and Southern Methodist University. Young has taught numerous courses on contracts, debtor-creditor law, and other commercial topics. His publications include Cases on Contracts (with Farnsworth) and Cases on Insurance (with E. M. Holmass). Young has occasionally served as an adviser to the New York Law Revision Commission and the Special Committee on Consumer Credit of the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
Young graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in 1947 and a LL.B. in 1949.