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Former Indiana chief justice to receive democracy award

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Randall T. Shepard, former Indiana chief justice, will receive the Advancing American Democracy Award from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site next month.

The award recognizes an individual who, in an exemplary way, advances the values of American democracy by encouraging and enabling ethical citizen participation in government.  7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Tinder will present the award to Shepard at the 9th annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series Sept. 11 at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis.
 
“We are privileged to bestow this annual award on Chief Justice Shepard for his amazing accomplishments, contributions and judicial excellence,” said Phyllis Geeslin, president & CEO of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. “The chief justice has truly helped advance the cause of democracy as a servant-leader for Indiana’s judiciary. We honor him for his creative vision, his dedication, and his legacy of distinction in which he served 25 years of leadership in our state’s legal system.”

Shepard joined the Indiana Supreme Court in 1985, and served as chief justice for 25 years before stepping down in March 2012. He serves as a senior judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals, teaches at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and is chairman of the American Bar Association’s presidential commission examining the state of legal education in America. He is also Indiana University Public Policy Institute’s executive in residence.

The keynote speaker of the event is former White House Counsel and 9/11 Commissioner Fred F. Fielding. The dinner, program and presentation of the award begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Stacy Clark or Erin Trisler at 317-631-1888.


 

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