The 2017 Law Day Celebration was held on May 19 at the Capitol Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green. Bar President Brent Stinnett presided.
The late William S. "Bill" Haynes was named posthumously the winner of the William H. Natcher Award for his public service, service in the law and humility.
Haynes, who died on Nov. 26, was a longtime law partner with Hoy Hodges in the firm of Hodges and Haynes.
After attending Western Kentucky University and before attending law school at the University of Louisville, Haynes enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was awarded two bronze stars for heroism.
While serving his nation, Haynes was exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange and was later diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease which led to his death, according to the award presenter, former Warren Family Court Judge J. Richard Downey.
"Bill never complained, he was never bitter, he exuded courage under fire and beyond that, he was of good cheer," Downey said in honor of Haynes.
Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of Bowling Green won the Gwyneth B. Davis Outstanding Public Service Award for his commitment to causes that enhance justice and civil rights and contributing outstanding service to the area. Hamp Moore presented the award. Justice Minton was unable to attend because he was in northern Kentucky honoring a commitment to speak at a funeral.
Attorney Rebecca Simpson was presented the Pro Bono Publico Award for accepting cases involving victims of domestic violence and other indigent clients at no charge. Sarah Hayes made the presentation.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was the feature speaker. He spoke about the law day theme of the 14th Amendment, and he touted the accomplishments of the Attorney General's Office since his election.
Following the program, the Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association hosted a lunch at 440 Main Restaurant.