A.B. (cum laude), 1969, Princeton
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 practiced law, served as a trial judge, was Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, and served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Under Secretary of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
Shepard retired from the Supreme Court in March 2012. He presently serves as Executive in Residence at Indiana University’s Public Policy Institute and as a Senior Judge in the Indiana Court of Appeals.
He served as President of the Conference of Chief Justices and Chair of the National Center for State Courts. He is past chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which oversees accreditation of America’s 180 law schools. He formerly chaired the ABA Appellate Judges Conference, representing 700 federal and state judges.
In 2006, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Justice Shepard to serve on the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee of Civil Rules.
In July 2007, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels named Justice Shepard and former Governor Joseph E. Kernan as co-chairs of the Local Government Reform Commission.
He received the 2009 Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence from the American Judicature Society.
Shepard authored over 900 majority opinions for his court and 65 law review articles.