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Legal community celebrates Law Day
Westray receives Liberty Bell Award
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Maggie McDowell looks down the row of Law Day contest winners after receiving her award Friday at the Law Day luncheon. - photo by Emily Saunders
A longtime Forsyth County court system employee received a special honor Friday during the local bar association’s annual Law Day banquet.

Judy Westray, Forsyth County’s chief deputy clerk of court, is this year’s recipient of the Liberty Bell Award.

The honor is given annually by bar associations nationwide to people who have contributed to the local judicial system. The award is not presented to lawyers or judges.

In his presentation of the award, Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley said Westray “takes so much pride in what she does every day.”

“She understands the importance of the rule of law, of jury trials, of the jury system and what goes on in the courtroom,” he said.

Westray, who has worked in the clerk’s office since 1978, said she was honored and grateful for the award.

“I’ve just been blessed to have been able to work in the clerk’s office all these years and I’ve worked with some wonderful people,” she said. “I’ve worked for three different clerks of court and it’s just been a pleasure to serve my county that I love.”

Law Day, celebrated by bar associations across the country, focuses on the importance of law.

The local event drew many county officials as well as various members of the local judicial system and law enforcement to the Polo Golf and Country Club.

Bagley and Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson also recognized Law Day contest winners from Cumming and Johns Creek elementary schools. The students submitted art and essays as part of the contest.

Also honored were local high school students who participated in mock trial competitions earlier this year in Athens.

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