Campus celebrates Constitution Day

Thu, 2006-09-07 08:06 -- univcomm
September 7, 2006

A special event celebrating the U.S. Constitution will be conducted at Anderson University on Monday, September 18, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Reardon Auditorium. The featured speaker during the event will be Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. Judge Shepard’s address will be entitled, “Why America Needs Fair, Impartial and Accountable Courts.” The public is invited to attend this free event.

Randall T. Shepard was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Robert D. Orr in 1985 at the age of 38. He became Chief Justice of Indiana in March 1987. A seventh generation Hoosier, Shepard graduated from Princeton University cum laude and from the Yale Law School. He earned a Master of Laws degree in the judicial process from the University of Virginia.

Shepard was Judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court from 1980 until his appointment. He earlier served as executive assistant to Mayor Russell Lloyd of Evansville and as special assistant to the Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Chief Justice Shepard was also chairperson of Indiana's State Student Assistance Commission and trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He served as chair of the ABA Appellate Judges Conference and of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. In fiscal year 2005-06, Shepard will serve as President of the National Conference of Chief Justices. He is married and has one daughter.

Most Americans know that July 4th is our nation's birthday. Far fewer Americans know that September 17th is the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution. The ideas on which America was founded--commitments to the rule of law, limited government and the ideals of liberty, equality and justice--are embodied in the Constitution, the oldest written constitution of any nation on Earth. Constitution Day is intended to celebrate not only the birthday of our government, but the ideas that make us Americans. The United States Congress designated September 17 as Constitution Day.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, education, theology and nursing.