May 1st is designated as Law Day throughout the nation. Law Day is a day to celebrate the rule of law and to underscore how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedom that all Americans share. Each year, there is a national theme.

The Spokane County Bar Association participates in Law Day Naturalization Ceremonies Commemorating the Importance of the Rule of the Law in Our Society. In the past, the President of the Spokane County Bar Association presents the Liberty Bell Award by the Spokane County Bar Association to one or more deserving persons for service to our community; someone who promotes understanding and respect for the law and the courts, and encourages and exemplifies a sense of civic responsibility.


  • 2000 Churches Against Racism, collaboration of clergy and lay people in our community
  • 2001 Gloria Probst, Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee
  • 2002 Senator Lisa Brown
  • 2003 Joan Griffith, Courthouse Facilitator Program
  • 2004 No information available.
  • 2005 Father Frank Costello, SJ, Gonzaga University AND J. Marsilius Flumo, Liberian political refugee
  • 2006 No nominations received.
  • 2007 Technical Sergeant Ronnie M. Flores
  • 2009 Marilee Roloff, Volunteers of America
  • 2010 Melissa Lewis, Friendship Diversion Services
  • 2011 Penny Youde, SCBA Executive Director
  • 2012 Steve South, Spokane County Superior Court
  • 2013 Dave Nelson, Winston Cashatt
  • 2014 Thomas R. Fallquist, Spokane County Superior Court Clerk
  • 2015 Gary D. Berg, Chief Deputy Clerk, Spokane County Clerk’s Office
  • 2016 The Reverend Lonnie Mitchell, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • 2017 Jacqueline van Wormer, Ph.D., Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Administrator