Bobby Shepherd

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Bobby Shepherd
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
October 10, 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Morris Arnold
Personal details
Born (1951-11-18) November 18, 1951 (age 67)
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.


Shepherd received a B.A. from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia in 1973. He received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1975.


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 directly to a federal court of appeals. 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.

Federal judicial service

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 on senior status. Shepherd was Bush's seventh appointment to the Eighth Circuit.


United States v. Neil Scott Kramer


Legal offices
Preceded by
Morris Arnold
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit