In Memoriam – Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr.

WHEREAS, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., graduated cum laude in 1960 from Villanova University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, and graduated summa cum laude, first in his class, with a JD from Temple University School of Law in 1968;

WHEREAS, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., distinguished himself in the practice of law at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis; at Weinstein & Factor; and at Monteverde, Hemphill, Maschmeyer & Obert;

WHEREAS, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., was elected in 1983 as a Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, and was retained by the electorate in 1993 and 2003;

WHEREAS, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., quickly earned a reputation on the bench for his knowledge, intellect, effectiveness, professionalism and courtesy;

WHEREAS, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. was appointed in 1989 by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to chair a committee tasked with reviewing the operations of the Philadelphia court system and recommended innovative reforms that eliminated lengthy backlogs and improved the civil trial division so much that the National Center for State Courts has called it "one of the finest and most successful urban trial courts in the country";

WHEREAS, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. recognized the need for a separate court program for business and commercial disputes and worked with a committee of judges and lawyers to create the court’s Commerce Case Management Program;

WHEREAS, upon the formation of the Commerce Case Management Program in 1999, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. became one of its first two judges;

WHEREAS, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. remained in the Commerce Case Management Program since its formation and was instrumental in refining and improving it, and causing it to become a model for other commerce court programs around the country;

WHEREAS, in 2008, the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., was honored as the recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Brennan Award, which was named after U. S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association adopts this memorial resolution in recognition of the character, leadership and achievements of the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., an eminent Philadelphia jurist, colleague and friend, and extends its heartfelt condolences to his wife, Alice, his children, Mark, M. Susan and Lisa, and his step-daughter, Tanya, on his passing.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: September 22, 2011