NORWICH – The Chenango County Bar Association invites the community to celebrate Law Day 2016 at the Chenango County Courthouse this coming Monday, May 16, 2016 beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The Honorable Elizabeth A. Garry, of the Supreme Court Appellate Division; The Honorable Frank B. Revoir Jr., Chenango County Court Judge; and The Honorable W. Howard Sullivan, retired Chenango County Court Judge, will host the event.
2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The 2016 Law Day theme – Miranda: More than Words – will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty. Justice Elizabeth Garry will be addressing this theme.
The program this year, will include the Chenango County Bar Association’s presentation of the 2016 Liberty Bell Award. The annual Liberty Bell Award recognizes the distinguished contributions made to the Chenango County community by non-lawyers who have fostered public understanding of the importance of law in our community.
This year’s recipient of the Liberty Bell Award is retired educator, Donald Chirlin, a former teacher with the Norwich City School District. In addition to serving as a teacher at the Norwich City School District from 1967 to 1991, Chirlin also served as an adjunct professor with Syracuse University and SUNY Morrisville. Chirlin was nominated as Teacher of the Year in 1979 and spent many years serving on various boards and committees, including the Norwich Board of Education, the Chemical Awareness Committee with the Norwich City Schools, the Norwich YMCA, the Norwich Jewish Center and the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. As part of the upcoming awards ceremony, remarks will be made by retired Norwich City School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Cleveland and by the recipient’s son, John Chirlin, of Albany, New York.