The 2016 Law Day Luncheon was held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street.
The 2016 Law Day theme was Miranda: More than Words. In 2016, the nation 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--explores 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.
The Law Day keynote speaker was the Honorable G. Joseph Pierron, Jr., Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Judge Pierron was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1990. Prior to that he served as a district judge in Johnson County from 1982. Before that he was an assistant county and district attorney in Johnson County from 1971. He was also municipal judge of Spring Hill in 1972. Judge Pierron has received leadership and public service awards from the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Kansas Children and Youth Advocacy committee, the Kansas Corporation for Change, the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Medical Center, the Olathe Jaycees and the Leavenworth Kansas Bar Association. He received the Junior League of Topeka Community Volunteer Award in 1998, the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award in 1999, the Liberty Bell Award from the Shawnee County Bar Association in 2002, and the State Department of Education Civic Education Partnership Award in 2008. He joined Rotary International in 1971, served as president of the Olathe Rotary Club, and is a member of the Downtown Topeka Rotary club and a Paul Harris Fellow.
The 2016 Liberty Bell Award was presented to Shine Adams, Director of Sun Cedar. Sun Cedar. Sun Cedar is a non-profit manufacturing organization that inspires and empowers at-risk members of the community—the homeless, felons, recovering addicts etc.—in a continuing effort to provide them a sense of purpose and restore their fundamental human dignity by offering them meaningful paid employment. . If you are interested in learning more about Sun Cedar please click on the following link: Sun Cedar.