Named in honor of
Judge George C. Young
Thomas Jefferson believed that "judges should always be men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness and attention; their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man or body of men."
In honor of such a judge, the First Central Florida American Inn of Court, chartered in September, 1990, renamed itself to be known as The George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of Court.
Judge Young's long and steadfast commitment to the ideals of the American Inns of Court, professionalism, civility and excellence in the practice of law, began in 1941. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts and Law Degrees from the University of Florida, he entered private practice in Winter Haven, Florida. From 1942 to 1946 he served honorably as a United States Navy lieutenant during World War II. Judge Young then re-entered private practice in Miami until 1948 when United States Senator George Smathers tapped his talents as his administrative assistant until 1951.
Thereafter, Judge Young again worked in private practice in Jacksonville until 1961 at which time President John F. Kennedy nominated him for appointment to the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. In 1966 Judge Young became the only judge to serve on all three of Florida’s Federal District Courts after President Lyndon B. Johnson selected him to serve in the newly created Middle District of Florida. He served as chief judge from 1973 to 1981 when he took senior status. On October 23, 1992, in recognition of his stellar service as a jurist, President George H.W. Bush signed legislation naming the Courthouse the George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building. Never one to rest, Judge Young continued to maintain a docket until December, 2004, although he still assists fellow judges concerning administrative decisions affecting the court.