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.
2017 Law Day Ceremony
The Houston County Bar Association will host its annual Law Day celebration on May 1, 2017, with a presentation of scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors from Houston County that will be entering college in the fall. The ceremony will be at the Houston County Superior Court. Houston County judges and members of the Bar Association will be in attendance to recognize the scholarship award recipients.
This year, as in past years, the Houston County Bar Association has set a goal to award six individual $500 scholarships. The scholarships are funded completely by the members of the Houston County Bar Association.
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.
2017 Scholarship Essay Theme
The Theme for Law Day 2017 is “THE 14TH AMENDMENT: TRANSFORMING AMERICAN DEMOCRACY”
The Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its citizenship, due process, and equal protection clauses, this transformative amendment advances the rights of all Americans. It also plays a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.
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
- 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.