Young's expertise is in the area of legal issues in higher education. Among his many awards are the Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research Award, given by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the McGhehey Award, given by the Educational Law Association for outstanding service to the organization and outstanding contribution in the field of educational law. Young is past president of the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education. His many books include the Yearbook of Higher Education Law, and he is the author of numerous monographs, articles and other publications, including a continuing column for the National Association of Academic Affairs Newsletter. He is a contributing and consulting editor for several publications including College Student and the Courts and College Administrator and the Courts.