The Liberty Bell Award is given each year by local bar associations in conjunction with Law Day to honor outstanding citizens within the local community. The award recognizes outstanding service performed by a non-lawyer citizen who has given of his or her time and energy to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under law, in keeping with the spirit of our Constitution. Such service may include activities which promote a better understanding of our form of government, especially the Bill of Rights; encourage greater respect for the law in the courts; educate people in the contrast between totalitarianism and freedom under law; or stimulate the deeper sense of individual responsibility to the end that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights.
The SBM Awards Committee selects the statewide Liberty Bell Award winner from local bar winners submitted to the State Bar.
||David Dunckel, Ingham County Veteran’s Court
||Judy Ellis and Kate White
||Edna Kinsey, Monroe County Bar Association
||Rachel Crandall, Stonewall Bar Association
Jessie Gonzalez, Saginaw County Bar Association
||Shirley Cochran, Genesee County Bar Association
Jessie Dawkins, Saginaw County Bar Association
Mary Ann Farris, Michigan Lawyers Auxiliary
||Jeffrey Montgomery, Stonewall Bar Association
Kim Trent, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
||Carolyn Bolthouse, Comstock Park H.S.
Pierre Sirois, East Grand Rapids H.S.
Deb Snow, East Kentwood H.S.
Tricia Hilgendorp, Tri-Unity Christian H.S.
Catherine Logsdon, Union H.S.
Susan Laninga, Kent ISD
||Joaquin and Cari Guerrero and K9 partners Rookie and Felony
||Wayne Bentley, Grand Rapids
||Marguerite Kowaleski, Oakland County Bar Association
||Mark Hawkins, Genesee County Bar Association
Marian Impastato, Macomb County Bar Association
||Diana Dietle, Oakland County Bar Association
||Lt. Wilburn LeGree, Genesee County Bar Association
||Miriam Brown Dorsey, Jackson County Bar Association
||Donald R. Cronin, Genesee County Bar Association
||Linda Clark, Genesee County Bar Association
||William Hegarty, Grand Rapids Bar Association
||Leslie A Newman, Grand Rapids Bar Association
||Dr. Doris Suciu, Genesee County Bar Association
||Alann and Virginia Steen, Jackson County Bar Association
||Donald J. Amboyer, Macomb County Bar Association
||Kay Frew and Kent Roberts, St. Joseph County Bar Association
||Prof. Ralph Chandler, Kalamazoo County Bar Association
||Dee Dise, Oakland County Bar Association
||George Rose, Emmet-Charlevoix County Bar Association
||Diane Windischman, Ingham County Bar Association