William F. Young

  • James L. Dohr Professor Emeritus of Law

William F. Young, 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, a graduate fellow at Harvard University, and a faculty member at his alma mater, the University of Texas School of Law. During his career, he has also held visiting professorships at Stanford University, Southern Methodist University, and University of California, Berkeley. Young has taught numerous courses on contracts, debtor-creditor law, and other commercial topics. His publications include Cases on Contracts (with E. Allan Farnsworth) and Cases on Insurance (with Eric M. Holmes). 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.
He graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in 1947 and an LL.B. in 1949.