2016 - 17 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.




2016-17 Chair 2016-17 Vice-Chair
Keith F. Atkinson
Robert C. Bowers


Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019
Matthew A. Cherep
Hon. Jane V. Harper
Amanda Pickens
Sudhir N. Shenoy
Adebola V. Lamikanra
Parker Moore
Melissa A. Romanzo
Ashley C. Hyman
Leslie A. Pedernales
Jonathan E. Schulz




Staff Liaison


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



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



2015-16 Law Day Committee Report

Claire J. Rauscher, Chair and Keith Atkinson, Vice-Chair

This year luncheon featured a keynote address by Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States James M. Cole. This year’s theme was “Miranda: More Than Words.” Introduced by Anne Tompkins, Mr. Cole gave a fascinating lecture on the history of Miranda v. Arizona, the necessity of ensuring that citizens’ rights are protected and the importance of balancing these rights with the rule of law.
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. Mike Collins, host of Charlotte Talks, unaware that he had been chosen to receive the award, looked on as Nancy Norelli announced him as this year’s award recipient. 
The Law Day Luncheon 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:
Alston & Bird LLP
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Alexander Ricks PLLC
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Charlotte School of Law
Charlotte Women Attorneys
Dechert LLP
Duke Energy
Essex Richards P.A.
Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC
Hunton & Williams
James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.
Johnston, Allison & Hord, PA
K&L Gates
Law Offices of T. Michael Todd, P.L.L.C.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Nexsen Pruet, PLLC
Poyner Spruill LLP
Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo PLLC
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC
Winstead Attorneys
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
DeVore, Acton & Stafford, P.A.
Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, L.L.P.
Hispanic Latino Lawyers Bar
Hutchens Law Firm
Kirk, Palmer & Thigpen, P.A.
McGuireWoods LLP
Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade & Bethune, L.L.P.