The Honorable Albert W. Sheppard Scholarship Fund

Applications for the upcoming cycle will be available soon.

The Honorable Albert W. Sheppard Scholarship Fund supports a law student in a year-long clerkship position with the Commerce Case Management Program in Philadelphia. The selected student receives a fellowship with a stipend and a 3 credit (unpaid) practicum, supporting a year-long clerkship experience.

The Sheppard Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the Business Law Section’s Business Litigation Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, to honor the memory of Judge Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., and his contributions to the Philadelphia legal community. This unique, year-long program is ideal for law students who are interested in learning more about business law and commercial litigation and who want to gain research and writing experience. Students must commit to 10-12 hours per week for the academic year. Selected students have the opportunity to engage in legal research and writing in the area of commercial litigation. Students learn about Pennsylvania law, analyze evidentiary issues, gain experience in aspects of Pennsylvania civil procedure and draft written work.

2017 Recipient

Kalani Linnell, Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University

In addition to serving as the Commerce Court's Sheppard Fellow, Kalani is a 3L at Drexel Law and is the Executive Editor of Online Media Content for Drexel Law Review. Kalani says, "The Sheppard Fellowship allows me to continue learning through practical experiences. Every day is different and every assignment challenges me to think deeply about both the substantive legal issues and the procedure in Commerce Court."

About Judge Albert W. Sheppard, Jr.

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 now internationally-recognized 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.

For more information, please contact Jessica R. Hilburn-Holmes, Esq., Executive Director, 215-238-6347, 
[email protected].