Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court Offers His Keynote Address: Defining Community in a Society Founded on Rights

Robert Magee, Staff Writer, RMagee@albanylaw.edu & Steven Sharp, Staff Writer, SSharp@albanylaw.edu

     The Albany Government Law Review Symposium: God and the Land commenced in Room 200 on the second floor of Albany Law School. Among the standing-room only crowd, most of whom were students, were a number of preeminent legal thinkers, including President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center Paul Finkelman of Albany Law School, Raymond and Ella Smith Professor of Law, Associate Dean, and Director of the Albany Government Law Center Patricia Salkin of Albany Law School and the Honorable Judge Victoria A. Graffeo of the New York Court of Appeals. 

    The evening’s speaker, Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court, was introduced by Professor Stephen Clark of Albany Law School.  Prof. Clark clerked for Chief Judge Shepard from 1995 to 1996 and prepared the hall for his former mentor with a few anecdotes about Chief Justice Shepard’s committment to open government and democratic reform.  C.J. Shepard, Prof. Clark stressed, is a proud seventh generation “Hoosier.”  In particular, he product of the rough-and-tumble foundation of Indiana’s frontier society.  This even-headed approach to circumstances which would turn the hardest stomachs was perhaps the best way, Prof. Clark opined, to approach an understanding of C.J. Shepard’s understanding of the Constitution.     Continue reading “Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court Offers His Keynote Address: Defining Community in a Society Founded on Rights”