The Liberty Bell Award recognizes an outstanding non-lawyer who has made a selfless contribution to the community that strengthens the effectiveness of the American system of justice. The categories of community service to be considered include activities that (1) promote a better understanding of our form of government, especially the Bill of Rights; (2) encourage greater respect for the law and the courts; (3) stimulate a deeper sense of individual responsibility; (4) contribute to the effective functioning of our institutes of government; and (5) instill a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law. Non-lawyers of any age are eligible to receive this award.

Please send your questions, nominations, and other information for consideration to Cherie Harris. A nomination form can be found here.

Below is a list of past recipients of the DAYL Liberty Bell Award.

2016 – Cassidy Baker
2015 – Jerry Madden, Former Texas State Representative
2014 – Adrian Cook, Trevor Rees-Jones Foundation
2013  – Dan Weiser
2012 – Bette Buschow, Resolana
*2011 – Dr. Walter D. Nguyen – Mosaic Family Services
2010 – Jigna Vyas Gosal – Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
2009 – Dr. Rick Halperin – SMU Human Rights Education Program
*2008 – Renee Breazeale – New Life Opportunities
2007 – Joyce Ann Brown – Mothers for Advancement of Social Systems
2006 – Reverend Bruce Buchanan – The Stew Pot
2005 – Beverly Levy – Dallas CASA
2004 – Linda Camin – Participation in programs that directly impacted Texas legislation
2003 – Mitchell Harris – North Dallas High School Teacher
2002 – Florence Shapiro – Texas State Senator
2001 – Jan Langbein – Genesis Women’s Shelter
2000 – Patricia Ransone – Dallas County Domestic Violence Task Force Court Partnership
1999 – Kathleen Vincent – YMCA Youth and Government Program
1998 – Rebecca R. Neeley – Dallas CASA
1997 – Patsy Day – Victim’s Outreach
1996 – Lt. Ben Click – Dallas Police Department
* 1995 – Judy Yarbro – Dallas Bar Association Mock Trial Coordinator
1994 – Clare Barlow-Roffino
* 1993 – Truman Thomas
1992 – Tracy Rowlett
1991 – Lt. Bill Walsh
1990 – Dene Broders
1989 – Amelia Johnson
* 1988 – Vanna Slaughter
1987 – Ned Rollo
1983 – Bill Melton
* 1972 – James C. Lehrer
* 1970 – H. Ross Perot
* 1969 – John McKee
* 1968 – Eric Jonsson

* Also Won Statewide Award