Annamay T. Sheppard
Annamay T. Sheppard, a pioneer of legal clinical education who taught civil liberties, civil procedure, and criminal procedure at the School of Law–Newark until her retirement in 1999, passed away on December 30, 2015, at her home in Livingston. She was 88. A memorial service will be announced for the spring.
Sheppard, a passionate supporter of free legal representation for the poor and underrepresented and an invaluable mentor, was the Alfred Clapp Service Professor of Law Emerita.
She was the founding associate director of Newark’s first legal services program in 1966, the founder of the Rutgers Urban Legal Clinic in 1970, the first woman to teach in a Rutgers clinic, and Rutgers’ first primarily clinical professor to receive tenure. As the assistant administrator of the Newark Legal Services Project from 1966–1969, she spearheaded the representation of more than 2,000 people arrested in the course of the Newark Rebellion during the summer of 1967.
Sheppard also taught in the Urban Legal Clinic, which she directed for five years, and in the Constitutional Litigation and Litigation and Women’s Rights Clinics.
In 2011, as the School of Law named its first Annamay Sheppard Scholar, then dean John J. Farmer Jr. said: “Annamay Sheppard is truly a pioneer of clinical legal education whose legal practice experiences, classroom teaching, and scholarship advanced her clinical work.”
Sheppard earned a bachelor’s degree in labor relations from Cornell University in 1948, a master’s degree in industrial education in 1949, and a law degree from the School of Law–Newark in 1958.
Her numerous civic and professional association memberships included the Essex County and New Jersey State Bar Associations, the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, the State Board and Screening Chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the boards of the Newark and Essex County Legal Services Projects.
She is survived by two daughters; Paula and Laura; a sister Marge; one grandchild. Her husband, Herbert Sheppard, passed away in 1993.