The Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association held its annual Law Day celebration on May 15 at the Capitol Arts Center, and several members of the local legal community were honored.
Among the major awards, Morris Lowe was presented with the William H. Natcher Award by Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron. The award recognized a career of public service.
Lowe served 31 years as the county's chief prosecutor and reportedly brought over 1,200 cases to trial. Lowe thanked jurors and witnesses who served in these cases and paid homage to lawyers, judges and police officers with whom he worked during his decades of service.
“Anyone that gets an award like this does not do it alone,” said Lowe.
Cohron, who succeeded Lowe in office, said Lowe should be on the “Mount Rushmore of Kentucky prosecutors.”
In recognition of his commitment to causes that enhance justice and civil rights in the community, Scott Crocker was named to receive the Gwynneth Davis Award. The presentation was made by Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton. Crocker is Executive Director of Kentucky Legal Aid. The organization provides free legal services to needy clients in several dozen counties in Western Kentucky.
George “Bud” Strickler received the Pro-Bono Publico Award, which annually is presented to an attorney who provides representation to indigent clients at no charge. Circuit Judge John Grise introduced Strickler, a longtime partner with the firm of Bell, Orr, Ayers and Moore. Strickler has participated in the Warren County Lawyers Care Program for many years. His service has included the drafting of wills and related documents.
A new honor, the Family Court Volunteer Mediator Award, was presented to Taylor Broderick by Rebecca Simpson. Broderick is with the firm of Broderick and Davenport.
The featured speaker was Professor Allison Connelly from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She discussed the Magna Carta, which was signed 800 years ago. The Magna Carta is a foundational document for the U. S. Constitution and is recognized for paving the way to governmental recognition of the rights to due process and trial by jury. Connelly said that attorneys must be vigilant about the need to protect individual rights.
Jamie Spinks from the Warren County Attorney's office filled in for County Attorney Amy Milliken to present winners of school essay and poster contests. The youth choir from the Bowling Green Housing Authority sang two songs, and Mayor Bruce Wilkerson presented a Law Day proclamation.
By Dick Downey