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The Hon. Linda Marie Bell, Hon. Stewart L. Bell (Ret.) and Constance Akridge, Esq. are the recipients of the Clark County Law Foundation 2019 Liberty Bell Award. The recipients will be honored on Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m., at the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium, 401 S. 4th St.

The annual award recognizes individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.

Judge Linda Bell serves as the chief judge for the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court. Since taking the bench in January of 2009, Judge Bell handled both civil and criminal cases. She spent two and a half years managing all of the criminal division specialty courts and continues to preside over the veterans’ treatment court. Judge Bell has been a driving force in the proliferation of specialty courts, which have had a significant positive impact in the community.

Judge Bell also ran the grand jury for six years; served on the court’s legislative committee every legislative session since 2009, where she worked on successful efforts to pass legislation related to the grand jury, the OPEN program, funding for specialty courts and outpatient civil commitment.

In addition to serving on numerous legal associations, boards and educational committees for various organizations, she has taught both criminal law and criminal procedure at UNLV. She served as the president of the Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the Nevada Inn of Court from May 2012 to May 2014. Judge Bell volunteered for the Trial by Peers youth legal educational program, and was named their Judge of the Year in 2011.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Judge Linda Bell follows in the footsteps of her father Judge Stewart Bell (Ret.), who will also be awarded a Liberty Bell. He was elected to the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County, Department 7 in November 2002 and was sworn in as a district court judge in January 2003. Before becoming a judge, he served as Clark County District Attorney from 1995 to 2002. As a practicing attorney and jurist he has presided over hundreds of jury trials and is well regarded by counsel for his sharp analytical skills, knowledge of the law, and fair-mindedness.

Constance Akridge, Esq., a partner with Holland and Hart was also selected for a 2019 Liberty Bell.

The Clark County Law Foundation mission is to empower Nevada, especially our youth, through service to the community and education about the legal system and its history.

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish has volunteered much of her time in service to the community including: mentoring students at the William S. Boyd School of Law; her work on the Executive Board for the Nevada chapter of the American Inn of Court; volunteering as an instructor at the State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyer’s Trial Academy; and volunteering as a judge for the Trial by Peers program. Judge Cadish serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service Agency of Las Vegas. She has also served on the Board of the Directors for Clark County Library Foundation, Clark County Bar Association and as President of Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA). Judge Cadish serves as the Chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Nevada and heads-up the We The People Competition that teaches students about the importance of the Constitution. This work is the reason Judge Cadish was recently honored with the Liberty Bell award.  The awards are given in recognition to individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brigid Duffy was also selected as recipients of the 2016 Liberty Bell Award. She  was honored for her volunteer endeavors including 16 years of volunteer service to train Court Appointed Special Advocates to be a voice for the best interests of Clark County’s foster children in dependency court.

The Annual Liberty Bell Award, a partnership between the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee and the City of Las Vegas, has been recognizing and honoring outstanding citizens since 1983. The Clark County Law Foundation is dedicated to providing community service programs throughout Southern Nevada that are integrated with law-related education.

The Judge Foley essay and poster contest winners were announced in conjunction to the Liberty Awards as part of the kick-off to Law Week.

Elementary School Submissions:

1)     90 posters

2)     32 Essays

 Essay  Winners:

1st place – Bryannna Shepard; 4th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

2nd place – Patrick Gonczarek; 4th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

3rd place – Destinee O’Brien; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

3rd place – Kyle Hanson; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention – Aiden Schlientz; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Mr. Korder

Honorable Mention – Brendan Burton Watkins; 4th grade from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Keller

Poster Winners:

4th & 5th grade poster winners:

1st place –– Joshua Nicolaides; 5th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

2nd place – Cristabel Guzman-Pool; 4th grade from Hinman Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

3rd place – Brendan Burton Watkins; 4th grade from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Keller

Honorable Mention–Anthony Erbella-Apodaca; 5th grade from Whitney Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention–Ohlin Arellano; 4th grade from Hinman Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention–Andrew Pehrson; 4th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention–Katrina Castillo; 4th Grade from Whitney Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention -Alondra Robledo; 4th Grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention- Patrick Gonczarek; 4th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

3rd grade poster winners:

1st place – Braylyn Moffet; 3rd grade from Merryhill Elementary School; Mrs. Loos

2nd place – Mariel Ramirez Bueno; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Mr. Korder

3rd place- Kyle Hanson; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention–Jasmin Lopez-Guzman; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention- Leslie Alcantar Rosales; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Mr. Korder

Honorable Mention-Thomas Dadisman III; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention- Rocio E. Rodriguez; 3rd grade from Whitney Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention-Analyn Rodriguez; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention-Destinee O’Brien; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade poster winners:

1st– Barack Obama Burton Watkins; 1st grade from Eisenburg Elementary School

2nd– Brody Watkins; kindergarten from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Locher

3rd – Braxton Burton Watkins; 2nd grade from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Taylor

Honorable Mention – Belize Burton Watkins; kindergarten from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Locher

Middle School Submissions:

1)     0 posters

2)     2 Essays

Essay  Winners:

1st place – Steven Lee Jr., 7th Grader from  Jim Bridger Middle School; Teacher is Amy White

2 nd place – Alli Nicolaides, 7th Grader from Thurman White Academy; Teacher is Mrs. Deb O’Brien

 

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish will be honored with the Clark County Law Foundation Liberty Bell Award on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m., at the Las Vegas replica of the Liberty Bell (located at the corner of Fourth St. and Lewis Ave.) at Centennial Plaza. The community is invited to attend the award ceremony that will kick-off to Law Week.

 The Liberty Bell Award is given in recognition to individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts. Judge Cadish is being recognized for her philanthropic work including: mentoring students at the William S. Boyd School of Law; her work on the Executive Board for the Nevada chapter of the American Inn of Court; volunteering as an instructor at the State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyer’s Trial Academy; and volunteering as a judge for the Trial by Peers program. Judge Cadish serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service Agency of Las Vegas. She has also served on the Board of the Directors for Clark County Library Foundation, Clark County Bar Association and as President of Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA). Judge Cadish serves as the Chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Nevada and heads-up the We The People Competition that teaches students about the importance of the Constitution.

“I am very honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award,” said Judge Cadish. “The principles this award recognizes are near and dear to my heart and it is my passion to educate young people on how civic responsibility and respect for the law in the courts is important for their lives.”

In July of 2007, Judge Elissa F. Cadish was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons to fill the vacancy left by Judge Joseph Bonaventure’s retirement, and successfully won election in 2008 and 2014 to retain the District Court seat. Since 2009, Judge Cadish has been hearing both civil and criminal cases in District Court. Judge Cadish graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989, where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review and was honored to be awarded the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas and clerked for two years for Hon. Philip M. Pro in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brigid Duffy has also been selected as recipients of the 2016 Liberty Bell Award. She is being honored for her volunteer endeavors including 16 years of volunteer service to train Court Appointed Special Advocates to be a voice for the best interests of Clark County’s foster children in dependency court.

The annual award recognizes individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.

“Judge Cadish has given much of her time to educate young people about the Constitution, justice, and principle that spark civic responsibility.” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “She is an excellent role model for so many young people and her volunteerism is exemplary.”

The Annual Liberty Bell Award, a partnership between the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee and the City of Las Vegas, has been recognizing and honoring outstanding citizens since 1983. The Clark County Law Foundation is dedicated to providing community service programs throughout Southern Nevada that are integrated with law-related education.

 

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Sweltering heat and a searing sun beating down on a replica Liberty Bell in downtown Las Vegas, didn’t stop justice luminaries in the community from coming out to honor Presiding Civil Division District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez and Justice Court Administrator LaDeana Gamble in recognition of their work to establish the Civil Law Self-Help Center. The center offer free forms and information on navigating the courts to those who represent themselves in civil matters.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lloyd D. George, who is a strong proponent of the rule of law, gave a historical perspective of the importance of the Liberty Bell.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman offered insight on Liberty Plaza before giving her take on the importance of upholding the rule of law. The Las Vegas mayor made a surprise announcement that the city will revamp a committee to re-start work on phase II of the justice walk, and called for volunteers to join the June 18 first meeting.

Barbara Buckley from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada presented the Liberty Bell awards and offered reasons why the Civil Self-Help Center has leveled-out the playing field for those who cannot afford legal counsel in civil cases.

The Liberty Bell Award recognizes individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.

The non-profit Legal Aid Center operates the Self-Help Center at the Regional Justice Center in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial District Court. Since Dec. 2009, more than 200,000 people have used the Self-Help Center to help them prepare for court. A new website was also recently launched, that offers how-to tips, forms and info on going solo in court at http://www.civillawselfhelpcenter.org.

The Annual Liberty Bell Award, a partnership between the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee and the City of Las Vegas, has been recognizing and honoring outstanding citizens since 1983. The Clark County Law Foundation is dedicated to providing community service programs throughout Southern Nevada that are integrated with law-related education.

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