Posthumous Award for Alumnus Bob Shepherd

Bob Shephard

The late Robert E. Shepherd Jr.

The University of Richmond School of Law has honored Washington and Lee alumnus Robert E. Shepherd Jr. posthumously with the William Green Award for Professional Excellence, the Law school’s highest honor. Shepherd, a professor emeritus at Richmond, is the first full-time faculty member to receive the award. A 1959 W&L graduate who went on to received his law degree from the University in 1961, Shepherd died in December. He was instrumental in drafting Virginia’s first statute on child abuse, and that statute was based on a paper that Shepherd wrote for W&L’s law review. In 1999, he was the first person inducted into the Virginia Juvenile Court Hall of Fame. He chaired the American Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Committee, and the Virginia Bar Association’s Committee on the Needs of Children. He received the ABA’s Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award in 2005, and the state bar’s Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Criminal Law Section in 2003. The award was presented on March 23 at a lunch attended by Shepherd’s widow, Nancy, and three children. In addition to the Green Award, the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section presented a portrait of Shepherd to the Law School.

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