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Liberty Bell Award


The Liberty Bell Award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bar Association to an individual:
  • who promotes a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law
  • who encourages a greater respect for law and the courts
  • who stimulates a sense of civic responsibility
  • who contributes to the effectiveness of our institutions of government

Past NPBA Liberty Bell Award Recipients
  • 1964   John J. Brewbaker, Norfolk Superintendent of Schools, 1949-60
  • 1965   Lenoir Chambers, Editor, The Virginian Pilot, 1950-61
  • 1966   Samuel T. Northern, businessman who strengthened the relationship between the community and the military
  • 1967   Harold Anderson, Norfolk Chief of Police, 1956-67
  • 1968   William Shands Meacham, Associate Editor of the Virginian Pilot
  • 1969   Calvin H. Dalby, Norfolk Chief of Police, 1952-56
  • 1970   Porter Hardy, Jr., member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1947-69
  • 1971   Edwin L. Lamberth, Norfolk Superintendent of Schools, 1960-72
  • 1972   Vincent J. Thomas, Norfolk Mayor, 1976-84
  • 1973   Lewis W. Hurst, Sr., Chair, Virginia State Crime Commission, 1973-82 and Vice-Chair, Virginia Parole Board, 1982-94
  • 1974   Stanley C. Walker, member, Virginia House of Delegates and State Senator, 1965-2000
  • 1975   Friends of the Juvenile Court
  • 1976   Capt. Paul L. Merwin, U.S. Navy
  • 1977   Constance Laws, community leader in social work and gerontology
  • 1978   Emily N. Spong, Portsmouth School Board member and Chair, 1937-60
  • 1979   Colgate W. Darden, member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1933-37, 1939-41, Governor of Virginia, 1947-59 and President of U.Va., 1947-59
  • 1980   Henry Clay Hofheimer, II, business and civic leader and philanthropist
  • 1981   Alfred B. Rollins, Jr., President, Old Dominion University, 1976-85
  • 1982   John R. Sears, Jr., Harborfest co-founder
  • 1983   Frank Batten, Chairman, Landmark Communications, 1967-98, Publisher, The Virginian Pilot and philanthropist
  • 1984   Gloria P. Hagans, Norfolk Public Schools Administrator
  • 1985   Joan S. Cohen, Norfolk Court Docent Program
  •            Betty Wade Coyle, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads
  • 1986   Hugh L. Stovall, Clerk, Norfolk Circuit Court
  • 1987   Claude J. Staylor, Jr., Norfolk Chief of Police, 1967-74, Norfolk City Council, 1974-86
  • 1988   Kevin Moran, Department of Juvenile Justice
  • 1989   Evelyn T. Butts, successfully challenged Virginia's poll tax in the 1960s
  • 1990   Kenneth R. Hinderliter, Deputy Clerk, Norfolk Circuit Court, Supervisor, Law Division, 1966-89
  •            Frank S. Tinuzzo, Deputy Clerk, Norfolk Circuit Court, Supervisor, Chancery Division, 1972-90
  • 1991   Theresa H. Albertson, educator
  •            Jean T. Hodges, educator and Girl Scout volunteer
  •            Karla M. Smith, Suffolk River Heritage founder
  • 1993   Ann Hughes, Citizens Advisory Council, Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
  • 1994   Harvey L. Lindsay, commercial real estate executive and philanthropist
  • 1995   Martha R. Sorensen, Norfolk Court Docent Program
  • 1996   Regina Marscheider, Spectrum Puppets creator
  • 1997   Dr. William T. Greer, Jr., President, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1992-2015
  • 1998   G. William Whitehurst, member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1969-87
  •            Janie Whitehurst
  • 2008   Joshua Darden, business leader and philanthropist
  • 2009   Lee Ann Curtis Avery, founding member, Friends of Norfolk Juvenile Court
  • 2010   Rachel Hunter, social worker, Street Law Program
  • 2011   Dr. Suzanne Starling, CHKD Pediatrician, Child Abuse Program
  • 2013   Sandra Claxton, Judicial Programs Manager, Norfolk Circuit Court
  • 2014   Roxie A. Hoven, Executive Director, Norfolk CASA
  • 2016   Jeanette Newton, Paralegal, Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Office


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