Senator Chris Murphy to Receive Liberty Bell Award at Spring Bash

NEW HAVEN, Conn— On Friday, May 12, 2017, the Foundation of the New Haven County Bar will honor the recipient of the 2017 Liberty Bell Award at its annual Liberty Bell Bash. The Liberty Bell Award honors individuals, including, non-practicing lawyers, and/or community organizations that have shown an extraordinary commitment to justice or provided outstanding service to the local community. This year’s award will be presented to Senator Chris Murphy.

The Foundation Board notes here a number of extraordinary examples of Senator Murphy’s service to our community and a commitment to justice. Senator Murphy’s efforts in championing bipartisan bills following the gun murders of children and adults at Sandy Hook elementary school here in Connecticut. Further, recognizing the troubling intersection of mental illness and the criminal justice system, the Foundation Board commends Senator Murphy’s leadership in a bipartisan effort to reform our mental health system, working across the aisle to craft the first comprehensive mental health bill in the Senate in decades. Recently, Senator Murphy has fervently vocalized the interest and responsibility of government to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and ensure the sanctity of the rule of law in response to executive orders in January and March of this year. Further, as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, he has been an outspoken advocate of international human rights and the protection of legal norms. As the Foundation President, Steve Jacobs, remarked, “Senator Murphy has stood out for his fierce commitment to improving our communities and protecting the rule of law. We are so pleased to honor him this year”.

The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar is the charitable arm of the New Haven County Bar Association. Established in 1989, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization through which local attorneys, other legal professionals and community members serve the needs of the Greater New Haven area by providing financial support to organizations that promote justice, assist the needy, and contribute to the greater public good through grants and law- related public service programs. Over the years, the Foundation has provided funding to critical organizations in New Haven County including New Haven Reads, LEAP, IRIS, The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, New Reach, and the Yale Sappern Memorial Fund. The Foundation is also a strong supporter of the New Haven Bar Association’s national award winning L.A.W. Camp, a four day camp for high school students with the goal of increase diversity in the legal profession, as well as, Politics Matter, a program to increase the participation of youth in politics. The Foundation also administers the Martha Sullivan Tribute Fund and the Thomas J. Witt Memorial Children’s Book Fund. The Foundation has donated over $250,000 in the past 10 years.

The Liberty Bell Winter Gala will be held at the Shubert Theater at 247 College Street, New Haven, from 6:00 to 9:30pm on May 12, 2017. This year’s event is a cocktail party with food vendors from the New Haven area allowing the Foundation to maximize the charitable aspect of the event. The Bash will feature complimentary beer and wine, dinner, live jazz, dancing, and the presentation of the Liberty Bell Award.

To purchase tickets for the Liberty Bell Bash, make donations, or become a sponsor, please contact the Foundation of the New Haven County Bar at (203) 562-9652 or send an email to the Executive Director, Gillian Fattal, at