IUPUI Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Randall Shepard

Randall Shepard

Executive in Residence, IU Public Policy Institute; Distinguished Visiting Professor, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Phone: 317-261-3008
Email: rshepard@iupui.edu
Curriculum Vitae


  • Princeton University, A.B.
  • Certificate in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • University of Virginia Law School, LL.M.

Professional experience

  • Chief Justice, Indiana Supreme Court, 1987-2012; Associate Justice, 1985-87
  • Judge, Vanderburgh Superior Court, Evansville, Indiana, 1980-1985
  • Solo practitioner, 1980
  • Executive Assistant to the Mayor, City of Evansville, 1974-1979
  • Special Assistant to the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, 1972-1974

Major fields of expertise

  • Law, courts, community and economic development, historic preservation, Indiana and U.S. history

Recent service

Leadership positions

  • Co-Chair, Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform, 2007
  • President, Conference of Chief Justices, 2005-2006
  • Chairman, National Center for State Courts, 2005-06

Law activities

  • President, National Conference of Chief Justices, 2006
  • Member, U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, 2006-2009
  • Advisor, ABA Joint Commission on Revising the Code of Judicial Conduct, 2003-2005
  • ABA Commission on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, 2001-2003
  • U.S. Judicial Conference, Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction, 1997-2003
  • Executive Committee, Conference of Chief Justices, 1995-1998; First Vice-President, 1997-1998; Chair, Committee on Program and Sites, 1990-1996; First Vice-President, 2003-2004

Historic preservation

  • Founding Chair, Indiana Courthouse Preservation Commission, 2009
  • Trustee, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1983-1985 and 1987-1996. Trustee Emeritus, 1996-present
  • Board of Directors, Indiana Landmarks (formerly Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana), 1984-present; Chairman of the Board, 1986-1989; Honorary Chair, 1990-present
  • Founding Chair, Historic Preservation Fund of Marion County, 1999-present
  • Organizing Committee, J. Reid Williamson Fellowship, Center for Preservation Initiatives, Washington, D.C., 2004

Political activities

  • Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Indianapolis, 1992-present


  • Honorary Director, EVSC Foundation, Evansville, Indiana, 2009-present
  • Princeton University: Class of 1969 Board of Governors, 1970-2004; Class President, 1971-1974; Member, National Alumni Council, 1974-1976; Director, Princeton Club of D.C., 1974-1975

Arts and history

  • Trustee, Indiana Historical Society, 2005-2008
  • Editorial Board, Indiana Magazine of History, 2008-10

Families, youth, and health

  • Director, Family and Childrens' Service Foundation, Evansville, 1990-2002
  • Boy Scouts of America: Advisory Committee, Heartland Council, Indianapolis, 2000-present

Representative publications

  • The New Role of State Supreme Courts as Engines of Court Reform, New York University Law Review, 2006
  • In a Federal Case, Is the State Constitution Something Important or Just Another Piece Of Paper?, William and Mary Law Review, 2005
  • Judicial Professionalism and the Relations Between Judges and Lawyers, Notre Dame Law Review, 2000
  • The Renaissance in State Constitutional Law: There Are A Few Dangers, But What's The Alternative?, Albany Law Review, 1998
  • Reflections On A Decade At The Indiana Supreme Court, 1987-1997, Indiana Law Review, 1997
  • The Importance of Legal History For Modern Lawyering, Indiana Law Review, 1997
  • What Judges Can Do About Legal Professionalism, Wake Forest Law Review, 1997
  • Campaign Speech: Restraint and Liberty in Judicial Ethics, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 1996
  • Lawyer-Bashing and the Challenge of a Sensible Response, Indiana Law Review, 1994
  • Indiana Law and the Idea of Progress, Indiana Law Review, 1992
  • Classrooms, Clinics and Client Counseling, Ohio Northern University Law Review, 1992
  • Land Use Regulation in the Rehnquist Court: The Fifth Amendment and Judicial Intervention, Catholic University Law Review, 1990
  • Second Wind for the Indiana Bill of Rights, Indiana Law Review, 1989
  • Changing the Constitutional Jurisdiction ofthe Indiana Supreme Court: Letting a Court of Last Resort Act Like One, Indiana Law Journal, 1988


  • Adjunct Professor, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2010
  • Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School, 2007-08
  • Lecturer, Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University School of Law, 2005 present
  • Adjunct Professor, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Spring 2000 through 2002

Awards and recognition

Government appointments

  • Founding Chair, Public Policy Institute, Indiana University, Board of Advisors, 2010-
  • Co-Chair, Local Government Reform Commission, 2007

Indiana awards

  • Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Spirit of Justice Award, 2010
  • Indiana State University, President's Award, 2009
  • Indiana Black Expo, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Government Leader of the Year, 2008
  • League of Women Voters, Southwest Indiana Chapter, Making Democracy Work Award, 2008
  • Distinguished Achievement in Historic Preservation Award, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, 2004
  • Wabash College, David Peck Midal, 2002
  • Indiana University School of Law, Honorary Distinguished Alumnus, 2000

National awards

  • American Judicature Society, Opperman Award, 2010
  • A. Leon Higginbotham Award, 2010
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau, Commissioners Award, 2009
  • Yale Law School, Award of Merit, 2006
  • Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, 1996, Silver Beaver Award, 2002
  • American Association of State and Local History Award of Merit, 2006
  • Justice at Stake, Judicial Outreach Award, 2005
  • American Inns of Court Foundation, Professionalism Award, 2005
  • National Association of Women Judges, Norma Wickler Excellence in Service Award, 2004

Honorary degrees

  • LL.D., University of Southern Indiana, 1995
  • LL.D., University of South Carolina, 2000
  • LL.D., University of Notre Dame, 2009
  • LL.D., University of Evansville, 2009