Law Day Committee


The Law Day Committee arranges for the celebration of the annual Law Day Luncheon held each year in early May and selects the Liberty Bell Award that honors a non-lawyer in the community for contributing to the promotion of freedom under the law.


2021-22 Chair 2021-22 Vice Chair
Michelle Oria
Courtney Mann


Class of 2022 Class of 2023 Class of 2024
Matthew Cherep
Tara A. Harrawood
Teresa L. McCollum
Meghan Starnes-Moore
Carmela Mastrianni
Matthew L. Tomsic
Kate Kliebert
James B. Cheek
Richard F. Kronk
Rebecca L. Lepkowski
Andria D. Marquez



Staff Liaison

Chastity Gamble-Julg, Events & Sponsorship Coordinator,


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. 

 2020-21 Law Day Committee Report

The Mecklenburg County Bar celebrated the nation’s 63rd Law Day on May 6, virtually via Zoom. 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.

Law Day is part of a national American Bar Association (ABA) annual celebration of the role of law in our society meant to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. This year’s theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law, Now”.  

The event featured a distinguished panel of experts discussing the topic, “Advancing the Rule of Law, Now”. The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties—in times of calm and unrest alike. The 2021 Law Day theme—Advancing the Rule of Law, Now—reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice. Please see end of report for more information about our panel.

The MCB’s mission is to serve the public and the Bar members in improving and preserving the administration of justice with goals to advance public education in the community on legal issues, the Bar and the legal system and to promote the administration of justice. The MCB’s Law Day Luncheon is one of our legal community’s main vehicles for putting the MCB's mission into action. 

In keeping with MCB Law Day tradition, we presented the Liberty Bell Award to a non-lawyer who has served our public and legal community in immeasurable ways over the years. This year’s award will be presented to Sergeant Craig Varnum with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Sgt. Varnum has exhibited outstanding service in this area by leading a sea change in how the Mecklenburg County community approaches strangulation cases.  He was the driving force behind bringing the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention from San Diego to Charlotte to conduct a four-day intensive training for domestic violence professionals.  He has also ensured accessibility of strangulation training for anyone and everyone in Mecklenburg County, regardless of their means or role in the community.  Dozens of free strangulation trainings have been provided free of charge at the Police and Fire Training Academy.

Panel: Advancing the Rule of Law, Now

Dr. D. Scott Broyles, Attorney, Author and Professor
Dr. Broyles is an associate Professor at Belmont Abbey College. He regularly teaches courses in American Constitution and Moot Court. Professor Broyles has written two editions of his book, Contemporary Supreme Court Cases: Landmark Decisions since Roe v. Wade. He served as an Asst United States attorney for ten years, which included being head of the counter-terrorist unit and receiving one of the highest awards from the US Justice dept (the John Marshall award).

Major Mike Campagna (Ret), Commander of the Special Investigations Bureau, which includes Vice & Narcotics, the Gang Unit, VCAT, TRAP and ABC Units
Major Campagna has a Masters of Education Degree in Training and Development from North Carolina State University and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  In addition to his time in law enforcement, he also spent 8 years serving his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Major Campagna helped bridge the gap between riot police and protesters, working to bridge across differences and bring the incident to a peaceful resolution.  By making Connections in Chaos, Mike was able to build trust among the protesters, activists and organizers through his special brand of listening and dialogue.

 Professor Irving L. Joyner, Professor, Author, and former Associate Dean of NCCU School of Law
Mr. Joyner is a Professor of Law at the North Carolina Central University School of Law where he has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Rights and Race and the Law since 1982. He is also the Chair of the Legal Redress Committee of the North Carolina NAACP and represents it in Voters’ Rights and other Civil Rights litigation.  He has served on several State study commissions and agencies and in leadership roles with a variety of community groups and organizations. This service includes a five-year term as the Vice-Chairperson of the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission. He is also a regular legal commentator for local, state and national media primarily in the areas of law, politics, civil rights and racial justice. Along with Professor April Dawson, he co-hosts the highly acclaimed “Legal Eagle Review” which is dedicated to a discussion of current local and national legal issues and is heard each Sunday evening on WNCU 90.7 FM. Over the years, he has received a number of honors and awards for his work as a Professor, a Civil Rights and criminal law litigator and community and political activist.


The Law Day Event would not be possible without the support of our local law firms, legal departments and community organizations. 
Thank you to the following Law Day Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors

Alston & Bird LLP

Bank of America

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm

McGuireWoods LLP

Moore and Van Allen

Poyner Spruill LLP

Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo PLLC

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP


Gold Sponsors

Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.

Essex Richards P.A.

Gallivan White & Boyd P.A.

Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC

Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP

James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.

Johnston, Allison & Hord, PA

K&L Gates

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Wells Fargo & Company - Legal Department


Silver Sponsors

Charlotte Immigration Law Firm

DeVore, Acton & Stafford, P.A.

Erwin, Capitano & Moss, P.A.

Grier Wright Martinez, PA

Holland & Knight LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Nexsen Pruet, PLLC

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Rayburn Cooper & Durham, P.A.

Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade & Bethune, L.L.P.


Thank you to the 2020-21 Law Day Committee: Colleen Molner, Chair, Michelle Oria, Vice Chair, Amanda B. Cannavo, Brad Cheek, Matthew Cherep, Clark Goodman, Tara Harrawood, Kate Kliebert, Aaron Longo, Courtney Mann, Carmela Mastrianni, Teresa McCollum, Meghan Starnes-Moore, Satie Munn