Honorable Douglas P. Shepherd
Elected in November 2000 as Judge of the 41A District Court covering the townships of Shelby and Macomb and the cities of Utica and Sterling Heights, Judge Shepherd is assigned to the Shelby Township division of the Court. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Oakland University and graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1981. Prior to his election to the District Court bench, Judge Shepherd practiced law for nearly 20 years in Sterling Heights.
Judge Shepherd is currently a member of the Macomb County Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Michigan District Court Judges Association, Italian-American Bar Association, King of Kings Lutheran Church of Shelby Township, Shelby Township Lions Club and the Italian-American Cultural Society. Judge Shepherd was elected as the President of the Macomb County District Judges Association for 2005.
Judge Shepherd is active in his community and participates in many local functions. Judge Shepherd believes in education and makes school visitation and instruction a part of his regular calendar. Judge Shepherd created the J.U.S.T. Program (Judges United with Students and Teachers) that takes his Courtroom into the classroom to educate high school students in the judicial system and bring an awareness of the consequences of criminal behavior.
Judge Shepherd is married to Brenda and has three children: Kellie, Adam and Eric.
Judge Douglas P. Shepherd is a respected jurist who has a firm knowledge of the law. Each party appearing before him is assured of a fair trial. Judge Shepherd is consistent, understanding and compassionate in issues of the law and legal system.