Shepard takes post at IU Public Policy Institute

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The Statehouse File

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard has been named the first executive in residence at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute.

His main duties will include interpreting nonpartisan research and data that will help legislators and other community leaders make important decisions regarding Indiana. Shepard’s two year term will also include mentoring faculty and students and helping educators craft a curriculum that focuses on the relationship between law and public policy.

Shepherd is no stranger to Public Policy Institute. He currently holds a seat as a co-chair of the institute’s advisory board, a position he will continue to hold. Shepard also co-chaired two of the institute’s projects, one of which was Policy Choices for Indiana’s Future, which detailed how Indiana can succeed in a changing world. He also co-chaired the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform.

“When I decided to leave the bench, it was with the hope that I could find new opportunities to contribute in a meaningful way and my appointment with PPI certainly fits the bill,” Shepard said. “I find it attractive as a combination of public policy exploration that’s anchored in rigorous academic enterprise and focused on engaging audiences beyond the university who are charged with leading public institutions.”

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