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Bar association presents Law Day awards

May 3, 2016
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Courtney Quist
Courtney Quist. Photo via

The Grand Rapids Bar Association, in partnership with Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, held its annual Law Day luncheon yesterday and recognized a handful of individuals for their contributions to the legal profession.

Teresa Weatherall Neal

Neal, superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, received the 2016 Liberty Bell Award for her “ardent support and participation” in various community initiatives, including ones by the Grand Rapids Bar Association, or GRBA.

The Liberty Bell Award is presented each year by the GRBA to a non-legal professional or non-profit organization in recognition of outstanding contribution to the cause of justice or advancing public awareness of the Constitution and our legal system.

Courtney Quist

Quist, owner and partner at Quist Law, received the GRBA President’s Award for her dedication to and support of the GRBA.

Paul Abrahamsen

Abrahamsen, a member of Legal Aid of Western Michigan, received the Donald R. Worsfold Distinguished Service Award for significant achievements in the legal profession.

James Redford

The Honorable Redford, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and former Kent County Circuit Court judge, received The 2016 Marion Hilligan Public Service Award, of WMU Cooley Law School.

Long-time attorneys

In addition, Philip Idema, attorney with Mika Meyers, Michael Kelly, attorney with Kelly Law Offices, Daniel Kozera, attorney with Mika Meyers, Kenneth Oosterhouse, attorney, H. Rhett Pinsky, attorney with Pinsky Smith Fayette & Kennedy, and David Wahr, attorney, were recognized for their 50 years of legal practice.  

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