Rebecca Young is a partner with KingSpry’s Adoption/Assisted Reproductive Technology, Education, and Special Education Law Practice Groups. She is a member of the bars of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. Ms. Young is a member of the Children's Rights Committee, the Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee and PBA Women in the Profession Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is also a member of the Northampton County and Monroe County Bar Associations.
Ms. Young began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge O'Brien in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas. She then pursued a general law practice including work in family law, real estate transactions, civil litigation, bankruptcy, and education law. Prior to coming to KingSpry, Ms. Young was appointed to act as conflict counsel for Monroe County Children & Youth Services and served as solicitor to the Burnley Workshop of the Poconos, a rehabilitation service for people with disabilities. While based in the Poconos, she served for four years on the Board of Trustees of the Monroe County Bar Foundation.
Since relocating to the Lehigh Valley, she has continued to pursue her commitment to community service and meeting the needs of children and families. She has been a member of the Steering Committee of Project Child Lehigh Valley since 2011, and joined the Board of Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries in 2016. In addition, Ms. Young was elected to the Boadr of Community Services for Children in July, 2016.
Attorney Young earned her law degree from Villanova University School of Law. While at Villanova, Ms. Young presented research papers to state and national conferences regarding child welfare issues and earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from MCP-Hahnemann University. In addition, she was an editor of the Law-Psychology program's newsletter and co-chaired the Law-Psychology speaker series. Ms. Young also participated in an externship with the Senior Citizen Judicare Project in which she assisted low-income senior citizens with legal concerns and provided estate planning services. Young also appeared in and directed productions of the Court Jesters, a student-run theater group while at Villanova.
Prior to attending law school, Young earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and worked for several years as a therapist in a residential school for special education students. While enrolled in law school, she continued to practice in the mental health field in Philadelphia.
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I have known Becky for a number of years, both as opposing counsel and through PA Bar presentations. Becky is not only knowledgeable about the and reasonable about positions, but importantly, she is compassionate to both sides of the issues, which is critical in our field. She is a great attorney who is a pleasure to work with in any matter.
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I endorse this lawyer. As an attorney for parents in special education cases, I have had several cases in which Ms. Young was counsel for the school district. I found her to be a tough and knowledgeable advocate, who is effective in finding a resolution of difficult and complex issues. Ms. Young's knowledge of the law and negotiating skills allow the parties to resolve legal disputes without engaging in costly and protracted litigation. I highly recommend her based on her professionalism, knowledge and legal skills.
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|Partner||King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Senior Counsel||King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC||2008 - 2014|
|Associate Attorney||Law Offices of Thomas F. Dirvonas||2004 - 2008|
|Associate Attorney||Amori & Riegel, LLC||2000 - 2004|
|Law Clerk||Monroe County Court of Common Pleas||1999 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries||Board Member||2016 - Present|
|Community Services for Children||Board member||2016 - Present|
|PBA Children's Rights Committee||Member||2011 - Present|
|PBA Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee||Member||2011 - Present|
|PBA Women in the Profession Committee||Member||2011 - Present|
|Project Child||Steering Committee Member||2009 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Monroe County Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|PBA Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee||Member||2011 - 2013|
|HeARTbeat||Should Adoptees Have Access to Original Birth Certificates||2015|
|HeARTbeat||The Bottom Turtle||2015|
|School Law Bullet||Disclosure of Home Addresses under RTKL||2015|
|School Law Bullet||Commonwealth Court Places Limits on the Reach of the Right To Know Law in Two Recent Opinions||2011|
|School Law Bullet||Commonwealth Court Sidesteps Decision on Access to Public Employees Addresses Under Right To Know||2010|
|School Law Bullet||Supreme Court Rules: No Expectation of Privacy For Text Messages On Employer Equipment||2010|
|Villanova University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Hahnemann University||Clinical Psychology||M.A.||1998|
|University of Massachusetts, Amherst||Counseling Psychology||M.Ed.||1990|
|University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh||Psychology, Music||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|School Law||Special Education & At-Risk Student Populations||2015|
|LGBT Issues for Foster Care and Homeless Youth||How the Child Welfare System Works (and Doesn’t) for LGBTQ Youth||2015|
|Exceptional Children Conference||Navigating Through the Storm: Addressing the Unique Needs of Children with Disabilities in Foster Care||2015|
|Educational Advocacy for Dependent and Delinquent Youth||Special Education for System Involved Youth||2013|
|Current Issues for Child Advocates||Education Issues||2013|
|Exceptional Children Conference||Special Education Ethical Considerations||2012|
|Current Issues for Child Advocates||Ethics PotPourri||2012|
|Exceptional Children Conference||Truancy/Nonattendance issues||2011|