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Nominations Sought for 2018 DCBA Liberty Bell Award

Wednesday, February 28, 2018  
Posted by: Robert Rupp
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The DuPage County Bar Association is seeking nominations for the Liberty Bell Award, presented annually to a non-lawyer individual or non-legal organization serving the legal community in a significant way and devoting substantial time and effort toward attaining and maintaining justice in these areas:

-        Promoting a better understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights

-        Encouraging greater respect for law and the courts

-        Stimulating a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights

-        Contributing to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; and

-        Fostering better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law.


Nominations should include the name, address and phone number of the individual or organization being nominated and a letter citing the reasons for the nomination, plus a brief summary of the nominee's qualifications for the award. Nominations must be received by March 23, 2018 and should be forwarded to Robert Rupp at DCBA, 126 S. County Farm Rd, Wheaton, IL  60187 or


The 2018 DCBA Liberty Bell Award will be given out at a Law Day Luncheon planned for May 3, 2018 at Le Jarden at Cantigny Park.  The luncheon’s Keynote Speaker will be the Honorable Robert R. Thomas, Illinois Supreme Court Justice, Second District.


Law Day has been celebrated every May1 since 1958. The event provides an opportunity for Americans to reflect on the value of their liberties and the ideals of equality and justice under law. This year’s Law Day theme has been declared as “Separation of Powers, Framework for Freedom.” The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education is quick to point out that “this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.”



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