*These funds may be used to support any initiative pursued by the Houston County Bar’s Executive Committee.
Law Day Event
In celebration of National Law Day on May 1 each year, the Houston County Bar Association holds a special ceremony and reception honoring the scholarship recipients for that year. Attorneys, judges, city council members, and many others involved in our County’s government are invited to attend and a notable speaker will discuss the topic of Law Day.
The Houston County Bar Association observes Law Day to commemorate the rule of law, the judiciary, and its place in American society. The idea of a national Law Day was conceived in 1957 by American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day, and in 1961 the U.S. Congress issued a joint resolution making May 1 the official Law Day.
2022 Law Day Ceremony
Please save the date for our 2022 Law Day Ceremony, where we will be presenting our annual Bar Scholarships to deserving local high school seniors. The ceremony will be held Friday, April 29, 2022, at 8:30am at the Houston County Superior Court, 201 Perry Parkway, Perry, GA 31069. Scholarships will be presented in Courtroom 2, with a brief breakfast reception to follow. We would love to have as many of our Bar members as possible in attendance to honor these wonderful students and to acknowledge your charitable contributions that made these scholarship awards possible!
The Houston County Bar Association presents a $500 college scholarship to six high school seniors in Houston County each year.
The one-time $500 scholarship will be presented directly to each of the scholarship winners at the Law Day Ceremony by the Houston County Bar Association Executive Committee.
The scholarship is open to any high school senior attending college the following fall semester as a first-time freshman. An application must be submitted along with an essay of 250-500 words on the specified topic and a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or administrator.
2022 Scholarship Essay Theme
The Theme for Law Day 2022 is:
“Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change”
The Constitution is a dynamic document, as it not only outlines a blueprint for government, but also delegates power, articulates rights, and offers mechanisms for change. It is neither perfect, nor exhaustive, as our nation’s history makes clear. Legislation, court rulings, amendments, lawyers, and “we the people” have built upon those original words across generations to attempt to make the “more perfect Union” more real. That effort continues today, as contemporary leaders and everyday citizens raise their voices as loud as ever to fulfill the promise of the Constitution. In response to societal changes and new challenges facing our nation, the Constitution has been amended 27 times. If you could propose your own Amendment, what would it be, and how would it contribute to perhaps our oldest national tradition of refining the Constitution’s words to work together toward a more perfect Union?
Bar Members’ Involvement
Each high school in Houston County has a dedicated Houston County Bar Association member serving as Scholarship Captain for that school. This attorney volunteers as the main point of contact for that high school, assisting with distributing and collecting applications and acting as a resource for the school’s administrator with respect to the scholarship.
Liberty Bell Award
The Liberty Bell Award is the most prestigious award given by lawyers to a non-lawyer. The purpose of the Award is to recognize community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under law. The Liberty Bell Award was established more than 40 years ago to acknowledge outstanding community service.
The Liberty Bell Award is given for outstanding service in one of these areas:
- Promoting a better understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights
- Encouraging greater respect for law and the courts
- Stimulating a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights
- Contributing to the effective functioning of our institutions of government
- Fostering a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law
Celebrating Our Liberty Bell Award Winners
Each September, the Houston County Bar Association holds a special luncheon to honor the recipients and families of the Liberty Bell Award.
The names of each of the Liberty Bell Award winners are displayed on a plaque in the Houston County Superior Courthouse, and each Award recipient is given a personal plaque.
Past Liberty Bell Winners
- 2020: Peggy Meadows
- 2019: Cpl. Kevin Taylor
- 2018: Shawn Carter
- 2017: Leon Martin
- 2016: Chrystal Wasden
- 2015: Pam Knauer
- 2014: Tommy Stalnaker
- 2013: Sandra McGowan & George Potter
- 2012: Linita Berryman
- 2011: Richard T. Goodroe Jr.
- 2010: Sandra Bembry & Sandra Adkins
- 2009: Tommy Spencer
- 2008: Willie Talton
- 2007: Brenda H. Morton
- 2006: Janice D. Spires
- 2005: Farise R. Bryant
- 2004: Judy Howard
- 2003: John Trussell
- 2002: Houston County Board of Commissioners
- 2001: Sheriff Cullen Talton
- 2000: Debbie Snellgrove
- 1999: Betty Rucker
- 1998: Hugh “Bo” Tedders
- 1997: Nick Lazaros
- 1996: Francis Annis
- 1995: Beverly Sanders
- 1994: Linda Welde
- 1993: Jane Chapman
- 1992: CASA
- 1991: Lynn Asbury
- 1990: Jane Chapman
- 1989: Carolyn Sullivan
- 1988: Virgil Whitaker
- 1987: Fred Graham
- 1986: Dr. J.L. Gallemore
- 1985: Cathy Silengo
- 1984: Alton Rainey
- 1983: Pat Carney
- 1982: Bill Mosteller
- 1981: Sissi Gann
- 1980: Albert Harrell
- 1979: Tommie Hunt
- 1978: Dr. A.G. Hendricks
- 1976: Rev. J.B. Smith
- 1975: Charlie Williams Sr.
- 1973: L.A. McConnell Sr.
Holiday Toy Drive & Clothing Collection
During the holidays, Houston County Bar Association members begin collecting toys for disadvantaged children in our community. The toys are collected at our annual Holiday Luncheon. Please contact the Bar Association if you have toys you would like to contribute to our Annual Holiday Toy Drive.
Our members also collect clothes for the Public Defender’s Office. It is often the case that defendants, witnesses, and family members do not own appropriate clothing to appear in the courtroom. Donated clothes are loaned to the defendants to encourage confidence, dignity, and honor. Please contact the Bar Association if you have any court appropriate clothing you’d like to donate such as suits, dresses, dress shoes, etc.