Retired supreme court justice to address Constitution dinner March 5

Government and Politics

March 4, 2018

A retired Michigan Supreme Court justice will address the March 5 WAYNE-12 Constitution Celebration in the Arnaldo's Banquet Center in Riverview. Tickets are currently on sale for the 7 p.m. dinner, at 18275 Quarry Road, which is celebrating the 229th Anniversary of the United States Constitution. Confirmed as keynote speaker is Robert P. Young Jr., who was chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court back in April last year, when he retired and was replaced by Justice Kurtis Wilder. 


The Congress of the Confederation dissolved itself on March 4, 1789; on the day the first session of the Congress of the United States began (George Washington was not inaugurated as president until April 30, because the notification of his inauguration scheduled for March 4 had not yet reached him). After the new Constitution had been transmitted to the United States in Congress Assembled (what the Confederation Congress was formerly called while it existed from 1781 to 1789), Congress had then forwarded the new Constitution to each state, with each state legislature to call elections for a Federal Convention to ratify the new Constitution. 


When 11 states ratified the Constitution during 1787 and 1788, Congress certified those states to begin the new government, and called the states to hold elections to begin operation. The last article of the new Constitution had provided that when ratified by two-thirds of the states, it would go into effect among those states (all 13 states had done so by 1790). 


All other speakers at the annual event; whom will include state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-7th District), and House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-93rd District); will be invited to share their thoughts on a portion of the U.S. Constitution according to their personal preference. For example; Colbeck will discuss Section 8 of Article I, as well as each Section 2 in both Articles II and III; and Leonard will address the Second Amendment. 


Arnaldoʼs, one of the most well-known banquet centers in southeast Michigan, provides an award-winning cuisine of sauces, soups, entrees and more made from scratch using their time-honored recipes as well as contemporary menu items. Arnaldo's is located behind Riverview High School, north of the intersection of Quarry Road and Hale Ave. (between the point that Quarry comes north from Sibley Road between Jefferson Ave. and Fort Street, and the point where Quarry merges onto Fort Street north of Pennsylvania Road). The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 5:30-10 p.m. event. 


Young was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Young has recounted how he was raised in a city that was operating under de facto segregation at the time; when he was a child, his family was one of the first to integrate northwest Detroit. He attended Detroit public elementary schools and graduated from Detroit Country Day School in 1970, with honors from Harvard College in 1974, and from Harvard Law School in 1977. 


In 1978, Young joined the law firm of Dickinson Wright, where he became a partner in 1982. In 1992, he joined AAA Michigan where he served as general counsel. In 1995, Young was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals, and later elevated to the Michigan Supreme Court by Governor John Engler in 1999, 


Young is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law. Known for his community involvement in the greater Detroit area, Young currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Vista Maria, a Detroit-based charity for disadvantaged young women. He has previously served as a member of the Advisory Board of the United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University. 

Young was named the Jurist of the Year by the Police Officer's Association of Michigan in 2000 and again in 2010. Young was named the American Justice Partnership's "Guardian of Justice" in 2010. The group explained that Young is a "tireless protector of the U.S. Constitution, strong and steady defender of our nation's principles of justice, and unstinting adherent to the intentions and ideals of our nation's founders." 


Young was elected Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court on January 5, 2011. Young was on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices in May 2016, though the appointment went to Judge Neil Gorsuch on April 7, 2017.  


To reserve spots at the Wayne-12 Constitution Celebration, complete the contact name, address, city, state, zip code, e-mail address, and phone (federal election law also requires that registrant's occupation and employer's name and address be included in registration) and mail in the information with check. Or the registration can be done quickly on-line via Eventbrite. 


The ticket price for general seating at dinner is $50 ($85 per-couple, and $280 for reserving a table of eight), and there are also sponsorships available as well: $500 platinum for two general admission tickets and two-minute video, $250 diamond for table of eight students and name recognition, and $175 gold and $100 silver for name recognition on an electronic sponsor board. Also, provide the names of those people who will be sitting at your table if you're buying a ticket for multiple seats.  
Return registrations to WAYNE-12 CONSTITUTION CELEBRATION, C/O Richards, 22365 S. Fairway Dr., Woodhaven, MI, 48183; or link online to (no corporate checks, and make all checks payable to Wayne-12 CDRC). Contact Jason Von Mueller at (734) 756-8263, or look up, for information on available sponsorship packages. 
For more information on the event, call (734) 756-8263; or go online to,, or All of the expense in putting on the event is being paid for with regulated funds by the Wayne 12-Congressional District Republican Committee, P.O. Box 2171, Southgate, MI 48195. 



The anniversary of the U.S. Constitution is celebrated with an annual dinner, with retired Michigan Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. Addressing this year's March 5 event. 
Arnaldo's Banquet Center in Riverview (pictured) will open its doors open at 5:30 p.m., as it hosts the 7 p.m. Constitution Celebration dinner.