Prior to becoming an attorney, Stephen P. Shepard volunteered during law school summers as a full-time law clerk for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. During his last summer, he served as the law clerk for the District Public Defender for Howard County.
From December of 2012 to August of 2013, he served as a volunteer full-time attorney for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. As a volunteer attorney, he worked in the District Court Division of the Howard County office, and later, the Baltimore County office and handled criminal, DUI/DWI, serious traffic, and violation of probation cases. He also regularly represented clients at bail review hearings and modification of sentence hearings. In August of 2013, Stephen decided that it was time to take what he had learned from working at the the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and establish his own law office as a solo practitioner.
As a criminal defense attorney, Stephen uses his knowledge, training, and experience to assist clients with the following types of cases and legal matters: criminal defense, serious traffic defense, DUI/DWI defense, violation of probation defense, modifications of sentence, 8-505 evaluations and 8-507 orders, bail reviews, bench warrant recalls, postponements, and expungements.
Stephen is presently a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Association for Justice, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association.
Stephen graduated and received his Juris Doctor degree with honors (magna cum laude) from the Appalachian School of Law in May of 2012. While in law school, he served as an Associate Editor, and later, as the Articles Editor on the Executive Editorial Board for the Appalachian Journal of Law. His article, Negligent Hiring Liability: A Look at How it Affects Employers and the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Ex-Offenders, was published in the Spring 2011 edition of the Appalachian Journal of Law. He was on the Dean's List for every elligible semester and received the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges award in 2012.
Prior to law school, Stephen graduated and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors (summa cum laude) in criminology with a minor in philosophy from Cabrini College in May of 2009. As an undergraduate, he served as the President of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Kappa Sigma Chapter) and the Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society for Philosophy (Beta Chapter). From January of 2008 to November of 2008, he interned part-time at the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in the Major Crimes Unit. He was also a student participant in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.