2021 Law Day Awards Recipients
Each year in conjunction with Law Day, the Cobb County Bar Association recognizes the good work of both its members and the public through our Law Day Awards. This is our Bar Association's annual opportunity to honor those among us who have set themselves apart by their service to our profession and our community.
Bobby Cleveland Award:

Recognizing the Cobb County Bar member who exemplifies the highest practice of law the over the course of their professional career. This award memorialize the attributes of the late Bobby Cleveland, who epitomized this highest level of professionalism; conducting himself in this manner was successful to both client, the rule of law and thus received the total respect of the Bench and Bar.

Presented by Darrell Sutton.
William Gentry
Thomas J. Charron Public Service Award:

Recognizing a Cobb Bar member dedicated to a full-time practice in prosecution, public interest, education, or government service who has attained a record of extraordinary achievement and a reputation for excellence and trust. 

Presented by Justice Nels S.D. Peterson.

Chief Judge Robert Leonard

Ross Adams Younger Lawyer Lawyer Award:

Recognizing a younger lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the legal community and the Cobb County Bar Association and who exemplifies the finest characteristics of a younger lawyer. This award is given to memorialize the attributes of the late Ross Adams, who was dedicated to the profession and love of the law and who exercised leadership in his further dedication to the Bar and public service.

Presented by Megan Grout.

Nicole McArthur 

Liberty Bell Award:

Recognizing an individual or entity whose community service has strengthened our system of freedom under the law by promoting a better understanding of and respect for our Constitution and laws.

Presented by Joyette Holmes.

Magistrate Court

Babe Atkins-Byrne Excellence in Legal Administration Award:
Recognizing a non-lawyer working in the judicial system or practice of law who, with their honor, courage or devotion, has enhanced the administration of justice and the advancement of the Rule of Law and the Constitution.

Presented by Chief Judge Robert Leonard.

David Tyler
Public Safety Officer of the Year Award:

Recognizing a full-time public safety officer who, either by an exceptional single deed or through a continuous course of conduct, demonstrated the highest level of professional and personal standards and respect for our system of laws.

Presented by Judge Jane Manning.

Chief Bill Westenberger

Cobb Justice Foundation Richard L. Moore Volunteer Award:
This award recognizes a Cobb County Bar member who has a history of providing or promoting pro bono legal services to Cobb County Legal Aid throughout the course of their career.

Presented by Cathy Waddell.

O'Dell, O'Neal, Hungerford, Blanchard

Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association Award:
Recognizing the Cobb County judge that best reflects the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct preamble statement: “Our legal system is based on the principle that an independent, fair, and compliant judiciary will interpret and apply the laws that govern us.”

Presented by Judge David Darden.

Judge Allison Salter

Criminal Defense Section Jimmy Berry Champion of Justice Award:
Recognizing a Cobb County Bar Association member who has strengthened and promoted justice and the Constitution for the citizen accused through one exceptional case or a continuous course of conduct.

Presented by Adam Miller.

Judge Brendan Murphy

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