Chalon C. Young, Esq, currently teaches the State Criminal Defense Practicum and Philosophy of Crime and Punishment at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She previously served as the Manager of Training and Director of Internship Programs for the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office.
Prior to relocating to Pittsburgh, Chalon practiced criminal defense and tort law in Central Florida for nearly two decades, and taught both graduate and undergraduate criminal justice, criminal law and procedure, and sociology at Columbia College of Orlando. Chalon has tried over a hundred jury trials and has earned the distinction and honor of Board Certification in Criminal Trial as an attorney in Florida. She focused the majority of her defense career in major crimes, complex defense, homicides and capital cases. While a practicing Major Crimes attorney in Florida, she also served as a guest lecturer at local law schools and trained in police interrogation techniques, a subject on which she still frequently lectures and researches.
Chalon earned her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and is admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Florida. Outside the classroom, her interests include the psychology and philosophy of criminality and punishment, as well as art, fitness and photography.