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Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy.
Liberty Bell Award Recipients
The Law Day Committee of the Bar Association of Lehigh County presents the “Liberty Bell Award” to one deserving recipient. Past recipients of the Bar Association of Lehigh County LIBERTY BELL AWARD have included:
1995: The Hon. Donald E. Wieand, Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
1996: Mr. Stefan Presser, Esquire, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
1997: The Hon. Stephen J. McEwen, Jr., President Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
1998: Mr. Richard J. Makoul, Esquire [posthumous], renowned criminal defense lawyer, regarded by many as “the conscience of defense lawyers”
1999: The Hon. Edward N. Cahn, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2000: The Hon. James Knoll Gardner, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
2001: The Hon. Arnold C. Rapoport, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2002: The Hon. Robert A. Freedberg, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Pennsylvania
2003: The Hon. William H. Platt, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
2004: The Hon. Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2005: The Bar Association of Lehigh County, celebrating 100 Years of Service to the Community and the Profession
2006: The Hon. Madaline Palladino, Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
2007: Ms. Marianne Canning, Former Executive Director of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, celebrating over 20+ years of service.
2008: Rev. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S. Director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University in Center Valley.
2009: Allentown Human Relations Commission
2010: Mr. John Annoni, Allentown School Teacher, Founder-Camp Compass Acedemy & Author
2011: Ms. Heidi Markow, The Beginning Over Foundation
2012: Ms. Jane Ervin, Community Services for Children
2013: North Penn Legal Services
2014: League of Women Voters of Lehigh County
2015: Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center
2016: Lehigh County CASA Program
Liberty Bell Award Criteria
Honor a leader in their community for contributing to the promotion of freedom under the law.
- Encourages a greater respect for law and the courts
- Promote a better understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights
- Contributes to the effective functioning of our institutions of government
- Fosters a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law in the community
- Stimulates a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their rights.
- Persons seeking elective office are ineligible
- Previous recipients are ineligible