|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
October 10, 2006
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Morris Arnold|
November 18, 1951 |
Arkadelphia, Arkansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Ouachita Baptist University
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Bobby E. Shepherd (born November 18, 1951, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He maintains chambers in El Dorado, Arkansas, the seat of Union County in south Arkansas.
Nomination and confirmation
Shepherd was nominated to the Eighth Circuit by President George W. Bush on May 18, 2006, to fill a seat to be vacated by Judge Morris S. Arnold. Shepherd was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by voice vote on July 20, 2006, even though Arnold was not set to retire for several months yet. Shepherd began hearing cases October 18, 2006 following Arnold's formal retirement. Arnold still judges cases for the court under "Senior status". Shepherd is Bush's seventh appointment to the Eighth Circuit.
Shepherd was a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas from 1993 until he joined the Eighth Circuit. His appointment was only the second time in history that a sitting magistrate judge has been elevated to a federal court of appeals position without, for instance, first serving as a federal district court judge. From 1991-1993, Shepherd was an Arkansas state trial judge. Previously, Shepherd had been in private practice as an attorney in Arkansas from 1976-1990.
- Bobby Shepherd at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit