Americans celebrate Law Day nationally each year on May 1 in recognition for all the legal profession does to promote the “principle of government under law.”  In Southeast Texas, the Jefferson County Bar Association and the Jefferson County Young Lawyers’ Association celebrate the achievements of local attorneys and friends of the profession at the annual Law Day meeting held today, May 5, at 10:00 A.M. at the Jefferson County Courthouse in the Jury Impaneling Room. At this ceremony awards are given to attorneys and non-attorneys, alike, who were voted by members of these Associations for making outstanding contributions to the community

Among awards presented today is the Liberty Bell Award.  Liberty Bell recipients are recognized as non-lawyers who have “made the most selfless contribution to his/her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of justice by instilling better understanding and appreciation of the law.”  We are proud to announce that Chief James Singletary and the Beaumont Police Department are this year’s recipient of the Liberty Bell Award for their leadership in promoting good police-community relations in our region by being accessible to talk about law enforcement and interactions with police.  The numerous police community forums that were conducted over the last year and the extensive outreach work done through the BPD Cops & Kids program are cited as prime examples of the efforts the Beaumont Police Department have undertaken that earn them this prestigious award.