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Taze Shepard Honored with William B. "Bill" Scruggs, Jr. Award

Tazewell T. Shepard Honored with William B. “Bill” Scruggs, Jr. Award

MIRIMAR BEACH, Fla. and MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama State Bar has awarded Tazewell T. Shepard the 2022 William B. “Bill” Scruggs, Jr. Award.

Shepard was presented with the award at the 145th Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar on June 25, 2022, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, Fla. Shepard was celebrated for the many ways he impacted his community and profession.

Shepard currently serves as the 146th President of the Alabama State Bar. He previously served as the State Bar vice president for one year and a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners for six years. Shepard was also twice elected chair of the State Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Section.

He is president of the board of Legal Services Alabama, the largest provider of free legal aid for low income families in the State and a member of the board of trustees of the Alabama Law Foundation.

Shepard is a former president of the Huntsville Bar Association and the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program. He is a former elected member of the Alabama State Board of Education and former president of the Madison County Schools Foundation.

Shepard is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. He is the founder of Sparkman Shepard, P.C., in Huntsville, where he has practiced law for over 40 years. He and his wife, Pam, live in Huntsville and have five children and six grandchildren.

“President Shepard is very deserving of this award,” Alabama State Bar Executive Director Terri Lovell said. “We have been blessed by his service to the Alabama State Bar for many years.”

The William B. “Bill” Scruggs, Jr. Award is presented in recognition of outstanding and long-term service by members of the Alabama State Bar.


The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama. Created in 1879, the Alabama State Bar became an integrated bar in 1923 by an act of the legislature. Since then, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.

View other award recipients here.


Melissa Warnke
Director of Communications
Alabama State Bar
(334) 517-2218