PORTAGEVILLE - Local attorney Shawn D. Young was recently awarded the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award. The honor was presented by the Missouri Bar Foundation at the 2005 Missouri Bar Annual Meeting Awards Banquet Sept. 23 in Kansas City.
The award is given to recognize outstanding achievement in appellate practice by members of The Missouri Bar. The award is named after the late Judge David J. Dixon, whose tenacity, professionalism and judicial skills epitomize outstanding appellate practice.
Currently a sole practitioner in private general law practice in Portageville, Young practices in state and federal courts.
He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a bachelor of science degree in public education with honors. His undergraduate achievements included: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Order of Omega president, Kappa Alpha Order Alumni Scholarship recipient, UTM Leaders in Residence scholarship, Dean's List and National Dean's List.
In December 1996, he obtained his juris doctorate degree with honors from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. While attending Drake University, Young served as law clerk for the United States Attorney's Office as well as the United States Probation Office.
His law school achievements included: Dean's List, Drake University Law School Scholarship recipient, Drake Agricultural Law Center Stewards Scholarship recipient, Honor Board chief justice, Appellate Advocacy Competition Top 10 finalist, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law associate managing editor, Moot Court Board senior member, vice president of Drake Student Agricultural Law Association, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity representative and American Agricultural Law Association member. Also he was a captain judge advocate general corps officer in the U.S. Army National Guard.
In addition to his private practice, Young serves as municipal attorney for the city of Howardville and is the municipal court judge for the city of Gideon. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, American Bar Association, Association for Trial Lawyers of American and the 34th Circuit Bar Association.
He and his wife, Stacey, have a 2-year-old son, Gunnar. They reside in Portageville.