Allentown Teacher, Author John Annoni to Be Honored 
with Liberty Bell Award 
Bar Association Celebrates Law Day 2010

(ALLENTOWN, PA ) The Bar Association of Lehigh County will present its Liberty Bell Award 2010 to Allentown public school teacher John Annoni. Annoni will be honored at the association’s annual Law Day Luncheon, The Barrister's Club, Monday, May 3, 12 noon, to highlight its observance of Law Day 2010.

Law Day 2010 provides an opportunity to understand and appreciate the emerging challenges and enduring traditions of law in the 21st century, notes Dan Labert, executive director of the Bar Association of Lehigh County. "It also provides an opportunity for everyone to reflect on our legal heritage, on the role of law, and on the rights and duties which are the foundation of peace and prosperity for all mankind."

Each May, the Bar Association observes Law Day to highlight the place of law in American society and the many important roles played in the legal arena by area lawyers, judges, paralegals, court officials, county officers and others who shoulder the task of making the legal system work on a daily basis.

Law Day was initiated in 1958 by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower to encourage a rededication to the role of law in our country. Law Day activities of the Bar Association in Lehigh County are twofold and include lawyers going into the schools to speak to students in our local classrooms about law and legal issues, and the recognition and celebration of outstanding achievement within the legal community.

The schools program was arranged by Law Day Committee Co-Chair Rebecca Young and included over two dozen volunteer speakers (attorneys & paralegals) and schools during the first week of May.

As we begin the second decade of the twenty-first century, the law is changing dramatically as it seeks to shape and adapt to new conditions. Economic markets are becoming global, transactions require cultural adaptation and understanding, populations are more mobile, and communication technologies such as the Internet bridge distances and time zones to form new communities around the world.

In such a world, all of us must renew our commitment to the enduring principles of law, become knowledgeable about other legal systems, recognize the need to adapt our practices, and acquire new cultural understandings. In a global era, matters such as human rights, criminal justice, intellectual property, business transactions, dispute resolution, human migration, and environmental regulation become not just international issues between nations but shared concerns.

Criteria for award recipients includes a person who encourages a greater respect for law and the courts; promote a better understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, contributes to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; Fosters a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law in the community, and stimulates a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their rights.

Annoni and his students participated in, a cyber-safety program made possible by a $20,000 grant from The Verizon Foundation in conjunction with The Bar Association of Lehigh County and Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. For more information visit For more information about the Bar Association of Lehigh County visit


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The Allentown middle school teacher will be recognized for his enduring service to youth and as founder of Camp Compass Academy. Annoni, a teacher at Trexler Middle School is author of “ From the Hood to the Woods” and recently worked with students on, a cyber-safety project for ‘tweens. 

The Liberty Bell Award is the Bar Association's highest honor award. Law Day Committee co-chairmen attorney Zachery Cohen and attorney Rebecca Young will announce Annoni as the committee’s 2010 award recipient. 
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