The Honorable Albert W. Sheppard Scholarship Fund (the “Scholarship Fund”) was established by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the Business Law Section’s Business Litigation Committee (Philadelphia Bar Association), to honor the memory of Judge Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., and his contributions to the Philadelphia legal community. Judge Sheppard made many significant contributions to the administration of justice in the Philadelphia Court System as a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1983 to 2011. He was cherished by litigants as a down-to-earth jurist who treated all who came before him with courtesy and respect. He was repeatedly honored by his colleagues for his contributions to efficiencies in the court system. Among his many laudable achievements, Judge Sheppard facilitated the creation of the Commerce Case Management Program. The Program was hailed by the Committee of Seventy for its fast, fair and cost effective resolution of complex business disputes, and has been modeled by other jurisdictions across the country and around the world.
Since 2013, the memory of Judge Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. has been honored through the Scholarship Fund and its support for a law student clerkship position with the Commerce Case Management Program. The Sheppard Scholarship Fund currently provides a fellowship stipend for the selected student during the fall semester, and the student receives a 3 credit (unpaid) Practicum in the spring. This program model is updated from the prior summer clerkship experience. The new model is being implemented in 2016-17 with Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. It is expected that other law schools may participate in future years.
Applications for the 2017-18 year will be available in early 2017.