The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Leadership Development Academy (LDA) has launched a public service project to honor former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard for his longtime service to the State of Indiana. The LDA has formed the Randall T. Shepard Public Art Project Steering Committee (Committee) to work with Chief Justice Shepard's hometown of Evansville, Indiana to create a permanent art structure at the new Bicentennial Park in downtown Evansville. The LDA is a leadership forum established by the ISBA to empower and develop young lawyers to be informed, engaged, and committed so as to serve in leadership roles within their communities. Lewis & Kappes Associate Kevin Morrissey is the Co-Chair of the Committee and a graduate of the Inaugural LDA.
The Committee and has worked with representatives of the ISBA, City of Evansville, and local Evansville businesses to develop the project to coincide with the larger Bicentennial Park tentatively set to open in downtown Evansville on July 4, 2013. The Committee has worked with representatives of all Indiana colleges and universities to solicit design proposals for the public art project from Indiana students. In addition to having his or her design constructed as a permanent art piece within Bicentennial Park, the winning student also receives a scholarship. This design project will be dedicated to the legacy of leadership and community involvement of Chief Justice Shepard and serve as a centerpiece in his hometown's celebration of its 200 year anniversary.