Law Day Committee
The Law Day Committee arranges for the celebration of the annual Law Day Luncheon held each year on or about May 1 and selects the Liberty Bell Award that honors a non-lawyer in the community for contributing to the promotion of freedom under the law.
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Volunteer Need / Commitment
Members of the Law Day Committee attend monthly committee meetings October - May. Primary responsibilities include selecting and securing a keynote speaker, reviewing Liberty Bell award nominations and selecting a winner, soliciting firm sponsors, determining format and program of the event and promoting the Luncheon. Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form.
Law Day Committee, 2012-13 Report
By: Jeannie S. Rogers, Chair and Spencer M. Merriweather, Vice Chair
The Mecklenburg County Bar celebrated the nation's 55th Law Day on May 2, 2013 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. This year's theme was "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Law Day was established by a proclamation of President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958. In the midst of the Cold War, the President encouraged Americans to reflect on the importance of the rule of law in the preservation of democracy.
U.S. Congressman Melvin L. Watt provided the keynote address on the theme of "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" and Mayor Anthony Foxx provided an introduction for the Congressman's remarks. Jeannie S. Rogers, Law Day Committee chair, welcomed all the attendees and thanked them for attending. Ms. Rogers then introduced Doug Jarrell, MBF President, to give the invocation. Spencer M. Merriweather, Law Day Committee Vice Chair, recognized the nearly 50 federal and state judges in attendance. One of these Judges in attendance, the Hon. Sammy Chess, was the first African American elected to the Supreme Court of NC.
A regular highlight of the Law Day Luncheon is the presentation of the Liberty Bell Award, given each year to a non-lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the law. Myra M. Clark, Executive Director of the Center for Communities in transition, received the 2013 Award. Unaware that she had been chosen to receive the award, Ms. Clark's accomplishments and contributions were first recognized by Judge Rebecca Tin.
Fannie Flono of the Charlotte Observer presented the Law Day Essay Contest first place award to local high school student Rachel Carroll.
MCB President Robert E. Harrington concluded the Luncheon by thanking Event Sponsor Charlotte School of Law and reminded those in attendance that the Law Day Luncheon would not be possible without the support of our local law firms, legal departments and community organizations.
The Law Day Luncheon was organized by the Law Day Committee. The Committee members are Jeannie S. Rogers, Chair, Spencer M. Merriweather, Vice Chair, Robert Blair, Stacy C. Cordes, W. Lewis Glenn III, Randall S. Hoose Jr., Jennifer Kuhn Staples, Jerri J. Simmons and Sarah M. Stone. A special thank you to Judge Selina M. Brooks for her assistance and support of the Law Day event.