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.


2019-20 Chair 2019-20 Vice Chair
Colleen Molner
Michelle Oria


Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022
W. Clark Goodman
Satie R. Munn
W. Terry Sherrill
Aaron J. Longo
Matthew Cherep
Courtney E. Mann
Teresa L. McCollum
Meghan Starnes-Moore



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. 

 2018-19 Law Day Committee Report
Jonathan E. Schulz, Chair & Melissa Romanzo, Vice Chair

The Mecklenburg County Bar celebrated the nation’s 61st Law Day on May 2, at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 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.

This year’s luncheon featured a keynote address by American journalist, author and the inaugural director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, Sanford J. Ungar.

Mr. Ungar gave a fascinating lecture on Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society which enabled us to reflect on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

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. MCB Member Michelle C. Oria presented the 2019 Liberty Bell Award to Ruth Santana, an advocate to the immigrant at-risk population and valued resource at the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s Immigrant Justice Program. Click here for more on the Liberty Bell Award, including past winners.

In addition to the Liberty Bell Award, this year’s Law Day Luncheon included the presentation of the North Carolina State Bar’s John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award to MCB member the Honorable Rebecca Tin. Judge Tin served as a district court judge in Mecklenburg County for over a decade and has an institutional knowledge of the court system, having served as lead judge in the areas of civil court, family court and child support enforcement. She lectured to judges statewide on topics such as alimony, creditor-debtor cases and how to ensure fairness in proceedings that involve self-represented litigants. The John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award program honors current and retired members of the North Carolina State Bar throughout the state who have demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession.

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:

Platinum Sponsors

Alston & Bird LLP
Bank of America
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Essex Richards P.A.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, P.C.
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Poyner Spruill LLP
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Wells Fargo & Company - Legal Department
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

  Gold Sponsors

Compass Group USA, Inc. - Legal Department
Erwin, Bishop, Capitano & Moss, P.A.
Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm
Grant Thornton, L.L.P.
Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC
Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Ingersoll-Rand Company
James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.
Johnston, Allison & Hord, PA
K&L Gates
Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC
McGuireWoods, LLP
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC
Woodward & Woodward, PLLC

Silver Sponsors

Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.
Burr, Forman and McNair
Charlotte Women's Bar (CWB)
Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog, LLP
Higgins & Owens, PLLC
Hornets Sports and Entertainment
Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc.
Lindley Law, PLLC
Rayburn Cooper & Durham, P.A.
Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade & Bethune, L.L.P.

MCB Preferred Supporter

Carolina Legal Staffing


Thank you to the 2018-19 Law Day Committee: Jonathan E. Schulz, Chair, Melissa A. Romanzo, Vice Chair, Matthew A. Cherep, W. Clark Goodman, Ashley C. Hyman, Aaron J. L, Colleen F. Molner, Satie R. Munn, Michelle C. Oria, W. Terry Sherrill.