2012 Judge In Residence Program featuring The Honorable Randall T. Shepard
Presentation Title: "Subpoenas for Judges? A Reply to Newt Gingrich"
About Judge Shepard
Randall T. Shepard became Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court in l987 at age 40, then the youngest chief justice in the United States. Shepard also served as a trial court judge, practiced law, was Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, and served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
Chief Justice Shepard graduated cum laude from Princeton University, earned his J.D. degree from the Yale Law School, and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia. Four universities have awarded him honorary degrees.
Shepard is past-chair of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which oversees the accreditation of America’s l80 law schools. He was formerly chair of the ABA’s Appellate Judges Conference, representing some 700 federal and state appellate judges.
In 2006, the Chief Justice served as President of the Conference of Chief Justices, the 55-member group consisting of the chief justices of every state and territory. Also in 2006, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Shepard to serve on the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee of Civil Rules. This is the principal committee through which the U. S. Supreme Court develops changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
In July 2007, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels named Chief Justice Shepard and former Governor Joseph E. Kernan as co-chairs of the Local Government Reform Commission. The bi-partisan commission was tasked with finding ways to reform and restructure local government in order to provide recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly.
Chief Justice Shepard has authored over 1,000 majority and separate opinions for his court and published more than fifty-five law review articles in 20 different journals.
Shepard’s principal avocation is historic preservation. He served eleven years as a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He spent three years as chairman of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and presently serves as honorary chairman.
Shepard’s family has lived in Indiana for eight generations. He is married to Amy W. MacDonell and has a fifteen-year-old daughter, Martha (Mattie) MacDonell Shepard.
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