Germantown High School * Philadelphia, PA. * Class of 1957

Life After GHS

Harrison Sheppard

As to my present life, the essential facts are these: I am in good health. I have been married now to Joy for 40 years (including our unsuccessful 7 year divorce, which we consider part of our marriage). We have one son, Justin, and two grandchildren, Christopher and Dillon. I have my own law and public relations practice in San Francisco, specializing in negotiation and dispute resolution, with a range of clients from visual artists, small businesses, non-profits, and major private trusts. I do a lot of writing and public speaking, especially about the need for change in American legal education and practice. I have published a little book, "What’s Wrong with Lawyers / What’s Right with Lawyers", and written another: "Voices of Light: Conversations With History’s Greatest Teachers" (summing up the most important things I’ve learned from study and experience) which I am trying to get published. I spend every Friday afternoon and evening with my eight year old grandson, Dillon, a highlight of my week. As to my full “biography” since I left GHS, Here is my formal Vita:



J.D. University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA, 1967; B.A. St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, 1961; Postgraduate Study Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C., 1968; Harvard University Executive Program, Boston, MA, School of Public Health, 1978.

Principal, Harrison Sheppard Law & Public Relations, November 1993 - Present: General business and plaintiff’s insurance practice, commercial negotiation, dispute resolution, artist representation, public relations consulting; Outside General Counsel to: Jock McDonald Film, Inc., San Francisco, 1998 -.present; Into Video, San Francisco, 2000 – present; Black’s Farmwood, San Rafael, CA, 2002 – present; Frazier Studo, 2003..

Chairman, Alaythia, Inc., San Francisco, February 1994 - December 1997: Law Practice Management Consulting and Programs; author of The New Civil Lawyersm, a continuing legal education lecture and seminar program produced in cooperation with the American Bar Association and State Bar Associations throughout the United States, promoting a problem-solving model of legal practice.

General Partner, Sheppard Artists’ Representative (SAR, Ltd.), 1989 - 1994: Visual Artist International Career Management & Representation. SAR exhibitions include One Vision, Two Perspectives: The Photography of Jock McDonald, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1994; Afghanistan, Soviet Vietnam, Photographs of Vlad Tamarov, San Francisco, 1992; Positive Negatives: Photoportraits of Courageous Russian and American Public Figures by Jock McDonald and Mikhail Lehmkin, Santa Fe, NM, Leningrad, Russia, and Kiev Ukraine, 1990-91; and Humanism in the Arts: A 21st Century Global Perspective, Paintings by Chongbin Zheng, Portraits by Christopher Felver from “The Face of Art,” and Positive Negatives, 1990.

Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, March 1969 - October 1989, Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Washington; San Francisco: Investigate and prosecute violations of federal consumer protection and antitrust laws, with special policy planning assignments in the Office of the Chairman, the Executive Director, and the Office of Policy Planning (Washington, D.C.). Positions included Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Philip Elman, Deputy Executive Director (Regional Operations), and Assistant Regional Director, San Francisco and Seattle Regional offices.

Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. September 1967 - March 1969: Enforcement of antitrust laws; staff member, President’s Task Force on Communications Policy.

Golden Gate University Law School, San Francisco (1971-76): Antitrust & Consumer Protection; Doctoral courses in Law & Government. University of Ohio, Athens, Ohio (1975-77): Adult Summer Programs in Humanities, including Declaration Of Independence Bicentennial Program. Delancey Street Foundation, San Francisco (1988-1995): Euclidian Geometry; Introduction to Philosophy; and Poetry.

Associations & Honors. Admitted to the State Bar of California, 1968; Bar of the United States Supreme Court, 1973. Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 1997-. Master, Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, San Francisco, 1998. Member, American Bar Association, 1993-. California State Senate Designation of June 5, 1996 as “Harrison Sheppard Day” in recognition of the demonstration, in his work and writings, of “devotion to the ideal of the democratic rule of law.”

Board Memberships. Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (of the Graduate Theological Union), Berkeley, CA, 1999- ; Saybrook Institute Graduate School & Research Center, San Francisco, 1988-1994; San Francisco Press Club, 1996-97; Humanities West, San Francisco (Program Chairman & Moderator for The Classical Ideal: The Enduring Light of Ancient Greece, 1994), 1993-94. Hellenic Law Society, San Francisco (Program Chairman and co-producer of an official program of The Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution), 1987-1990. San Francisco Suicide Prevention, Inc., 1986-1989. Board of Visitors & Governors, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM, 1978-79. St. John’s College National Alumni Association (and Chairman, San Francisco Chapter), 1978-80.

Classical philosophy, theology, and art; fine art photography collection; poetry; American and world history; film; mountain-climbing, bicycling.

Born October 23, 1939, Philadelphia, PA. Resided in Annapolis and Baltimore, MD (1957-61); New York City (1961-62); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1962-63); Washington, D.C. (1967-1969, 1972); and Vashon Island, Washington State (1971). Travel throughout the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the British Isles, Western Europe, Greece, the former Soviet Union (Russia and Ukraine), the South Pacific, and China. Married August 30, 1963 to Joy Lando. One son, Justin Andrew, b. 1969; two grandchildren, Christopher, b. 1990 and Dillon, b. 1995.

BOOK IN PROGRESS: Voices of Light: Conversations With History’s Greatest Teachers

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Special Thanks to Lois Addison for Scanning Yearbook Photos &
Special Thanks to Katherina Kripl Bonner for sending Lois Her Copy of the June 1957 Yearbook
& to George Palmer for sending Lois His Copy of the January 1957 Yearbook.

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