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Liberty Bell Award

The Young Lawyers Division is pleased to solicit nominations for the Liberty Bell Award to recognize individuals exemplifying lifelong service to the law in North Carolina.

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Liberty Bell Award. As we celebrate the 66th anniversary of Law Day and this year’s theme of “Voices of Democracy,” we encourage submissions reflecting the theme in our state. The recipient should be someone who exemplifies lifelong service to the law in North Carolina. We request that full information be given about each candidate’s qualifications, including a resume or brief description of the nominee’s career accomplishments.

The deadline for Liberty Bell Award nominations is Friday, March 15, 2024.

Award | Liberty Bell Nominations 2023-2024

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Award Recipients

  • 2023 | Samuel James Ervin, IV
  • 2022 | Cheryl Howell
  • 2021 | Former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley
  • 2020 | Douglas Carmichael “Mike” McIntyre II
  • 2019 | Former Chief Justice Mark D. Martin
  • 2018 | Honorable Judge James A. Wynn Jr.
  • 2017 | Honorable Linda M. McGee
  • 2016 | Honorable A. Elizabeth Keever
  • 2015 | Honorable Sammie Chess Jr.
  • 2014 | Major General Ret. James B. Mallory III
  • 2013 | Honorable Patricia Timmons-Goodson
  • 2012 | Honorable W. Earl Britt
  • 2011 | Former Chief Justice Burley B. Mitchell Jr.
  • 2010 | Justice Harry C. Martin
  • 2009 | Janice McKenzie Cole
  • 2008 | Stacy C. Eggers Jr.
  • 2007 | Honorable R. Maurice Braswell
  • 2006 | Judge Herbert L. Richardson
  • 2005 | William Joslin
  • 2004 | Justice Henry E. Frye
  • 2003 | Judge Robert R. Browning
  • 2002 | Judge Lacy H. Thornburg
  • 2001 | James B. Hunt Jr.
  • 2000 | William C. Friday
  • 1999 | Judge Sam J. Ervin III
  • 1998 | Senator Terry Sanford
  • 1997 | Herbert H. Taylor
  • 1996 | Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr.
  • 1995 | Wade E. Brown
  • 1994 | Judge Hiram H. Ward
  • 1993 | Kathrine R. Everett
  • 1992 | L. Richardson Preyer
  • 1991 | Justice J. Frank Huskins
  • 1990 | McNeill Smith
  • 1989 | Judge Franklin T. Dupree, Jr.
  • 1988 | Secretary of State Thad Eure
  • 1987 | Chief Justice Joseph Branch
  • 1986 | Dr. Robert E. Lee
  • 1985 | William B. Aycock
  • 1984 | Chief Justice Susie M. Sharp
  • 1983 | Senator Samuel J. Ervin Jr.

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