On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Forsyth County Commissioners Pete Amos, Patrick Bell, Jim Boff, Todd Levent and Brian Tam on receiving the 2012 Liberty Bell Award, presented by the Forsyth County Bar Association during its annual celebration of Law Day.
Also in observance of Law Day, North Forsyth High School teacher Kathy Vail, director of the county’s Mock Trial program, received the Richard S. “Stan” Gault Memorial Trophy, and Bar members announced the creation of the Kathy Vail Mock Trial Scholarship.
Silver City Elementary School fifth grader Sophie Ferrugia received the Partners in Education award for poster design, and Anna Cathryn Finch and David Bishop received the Richard B. Neville Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
I want to commend Forsyth County Superior Court Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley, who presented the awards, and all of the members who contributed to the observance of Law Day, which featured a keynote address by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold Melton. Law Day is intended to enhance public awareness of the importance of the rule of law and the judicial branch of government.
Successful programs such as these are an inspiration to all Georgia lawyers as we seek to fulfill both our duty to help others and our high calling as stewards of the justice system. Congratulations to the Forsyth County Bar Association on an outstanding 2012 Law Day observance.
Kenneth L. Shigley
President, State Bar of Georgia