2015 - 16 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.






       2015-16 Chair

   2015-16 Vice-Chair

       Claire J. Rauscher

   Keith F. Atkinson







Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Sarah W. Breen

Matthew A. Cherep

John W. Bowers

Daniel A. Merlin

Hon. Jane V. Harper

Adebola V. Lamikanra

Samuel J. Randall IV

Amanda Pickens

Parker Moore

George W. Sistrunk

Sudhir N. Shenoy

Melissa A. Romanzo




Staff Liaison

Sara Taylor Moore, Events & Sponsorship Coordinator, smoore@meckbar.org

Leah Campbell, Assistant Executive Director / Director of Communications, lcampbell@meckbar.org  



Communications Committee Liasion
Randall Hoose


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



Committee Documents/Links


Law Day Luncheon

2012 Law Day Program



2014-15 Law Day Committee Report

Kobi K. Brinson, Chair and Sudhir N. Shenoy, Vice-Chair



2014-15 Highlights

·         Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. of Harvard Law provided they keynote address.

·         Sponsorship increased from previous years to include 23 Gold Sponsors (full table) and 8 Silver Sponsos (half table), with more than 330 attendees.




The Mecklenburg County Bar celebrated the nation's 57th  Law Day on May 7, 2015 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. This year’s theme was “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law ” in commemoration of the anniversary of the Magna Carta. 

Internationally known Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor at Harvard Law School provided the keynote address on the theme with an introduction from Hon. Karen Eady-Williams. Chair Kobi K. Brinson and Daniel Merlin of the Law Day Committee welcomed all the attendees including many Federal and State Judge, thanked them for attending, and thanked the sponsors who make Law Day possible. Katie Holliday, Mecklenburg Bar Foundation President, provided an invocation. 

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. Elizabeth McKee, Executive Director of Leadership Charlotte, received the 2015 Award.  Ms. McKee’s accomplishments and contributions were first recognized by Toussain Romain of the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office.

MCB President Carla N. Archie 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.




Event Sponsor
Charlotte School of Law


Gold Sponsors

Bank of America
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Dechert LLP
Duke Energy
Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC
Horack Talley PA
Hunton & Williams
Ingersoll Rand
James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.
John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys
K & L Gates
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Poyner Spruill LLP
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Special Counsel
Law Offices of T. Michael Todd, P.L.L.C.
Wake Forest University School of Law
Wells Fargo & Company
Winstead  PC
Winston & Strawn LLP
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice


Silver Sponsors

Association of Corporate Counsel - Charlotte Chapter

Charlotte Hornets

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Ferguson, Chambers & Sumter, P.A.

Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo L.L.P.

Kirk, Palmer & Thigpen, P.A.

Law Office of Grady Jessup, PLLC

Mecklenburg Hispanic Latino Lawyers Bar


The Law Day Luncheon was organized by the Law Day Committee. The Committee members are Kobi Brinson, Chair, Sudhir N. Shenoy, Vice Chair, Keith Atkinson, Sarah Breen, Matthew Cherep, Daniel Merlin, Spencer Merriweather, Amanda Pickens, Samuel Randall, Claire Rauscher, George Sistrunk, and Joe Thompson. A special thank you to Judge Selina M. Brooks for her assistance and support of the Law Day event.