Joe Young is currently the Executive Director of Disability Rights New Jersey. He has been representing people with disabilities exclusively since 1979, when he joined the Community Health Law Project. He served as Deputy Director of the Division Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled in the Department of the Public Advocate until the Department was abolished. Joe received his law degree from Rutgers-Newark Law School. He has appeared in administrative, trial, and appellant courts, including the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
DRNJ is part of the nationwide protection and advocacy system established by Congress to monitor the states’ treatment of people with disabilities and to advocate and advance the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities. DRNJ was designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system in 1994, succeeding the Department of the Public Advocate.