The Honorable Albert W. Sheppard Scholarship Fund

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Sheppard Fellow: Michael Fitzpatrick

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 in coordination with 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.

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2019-2020 Recipient 

Michael Fitzpatrick, Drexel University Kline School of Law 

Michael is a rising third year law student at Drexel Law.  In addition to the Sheppard Fellowship, Michael serves as a research assistant for Professor Norman Stein and as a legal intern at the Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor.  Last year, Michael interned at the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.  Michael is eager to work with the Commerce Case Management Program and gain valuable exposure into business law and litigation resolving complex business disputes.

2018-2019 Recipient 

MacKensie Larson, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law 

MacKensie is a rising third year law student at Temple Law. In addition to the Sheppard Fellowship, MacKensie serves as Executive Editor for Temple International & Comparative Law Journal. MacKensie looks forward to becoming more familiar with complex commercial litigation at the trial division and working with a unique case management system at the Commerce Court Division.

2017-2018 Recipient

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

In addition to serving as the Commerce Court's Sheppard Fellow, Kalani was a 3L at Drexel Law and was the Executive Editor of Online Media Content for Drexel Law Review. Kalani said, "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