The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center staff (Director Halle Cox, Cynthia Lorenzo and Ellen Schmid) were recognized as the 2017 recipients of the Liberty Bell award during the Kane County Bar Association's annual dinner at the Fisherman's Inn on June 7.
The Law Library's staff was nominated for the award by Kane County staff attorney Michael Mehlick, who said in part, "Halle, Cynthia and Ellen contribute to our community in so many ways. They assist in the Juvenile Justice Center Library, and they help orchestrate such wonderful programs as Lawyer in the Library and Lawyer in the Lobby. They are dedicated to educating the public about the law, serving all ages of the community, and ensuring everyone in Kane County benefits from their thankless efforts."
Director Cox is a second time winner of the Liberty Bell award, receiving it previously in 2005. Cox said of receiving the 2017 award, "We (Halle Cox, Cynthia Lorenzo and Ellen Schmid) are humbled and honored to be selected as the 2017 Liberty Bell award recipients. Thank you to attorney Michael Mehlick for the nomination and to the Kane County Bar Association for selecting us."
The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center has been named "the most user-friendly law library" in the Kane County Chronicle. The library is located within the Kane County Judicial Center and is open to all. The library houses the County's core of legal research materials, including print products and online databases. Librarians are always available to guide people to appropriate resources.
The Liberty Bell award is an award bestowed annually on a non-attorney individual or community organization who has promoted a better understanding of the law, encouraged a greater respect for the law and the courts, who stimulates a sense of civic responsibility, and who contributes to good government within the community.