May 19, 2017
By Patrick T. O'Connor
The Clinch County News, Homerville
The Lanier County Advocate, Lakeland
The Lanier County News, Lakeland
The Berrien Press, Nashville
The Atkinson County Citizen, Pearson
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend congratulations to retiring Clinch County Sheriff Winston Peterson on receiving the 2017 Liberty Bell Award, presented by the Alapaha Judicial Circuit Bar Association during its recent Law Day observance. The award recognizes a citizen who serves others and encourages greater respect for the law and the courts.
The national theme for this year’s celebration of Law Day is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy,” which commemorates the amendment’s citizenship, due process and equal protection clauses in our Constitution, thus advancing the rights of all Americans.
We salute Bar Association President Danny Studstill, Judge Dane Perkins, District Attorney Dick Perryman and all of our colleagues in the Alapaha Circuit for their leadership and participation in this successful observance of Law Day, which helps raise public awareness of the importance and value of our justice system.
Patrick T. O’Connor
President, State Bar of Georgia