On Friday, September 16, 2016, the Houston County Bar Association presented the Liberty Bell Award to Chrystal Wasden, Clinical Director of the Phoenix Center. Mrs. Wasden has worked diligently to assist the Houston County Judicial System in providing services to offenders in the new Accountability Court Program. Her work has contributed directly to the effective functioning of the Accountability Court Program, has fostered a better understanding between those in the criminal justice system and those in the mental health and addiction professions. Judge Katherine Lumsden recognized the achievements and contributions of Mrs. Chrystal Wasden to the legal community.  The recipient received a plaque and her name will be added to the permanent Liberty Bell plaque at the Houston County Superior Court.

The Liberty Bell Award is the most prestigious award given by lawyers to a non-lawyer. The purpose of the Award is to recognize community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under law. The Liberty Bell Award is given for outstanding service in one of these areas: promoting a better understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights; encouraging greater respect for law and the courts; stimulating a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights; contributing to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; and, fostering a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law.

Houston County Bar Association President, Monica Wilburn also presented a service excellence award to Judge Deborah Edwards, Houston County Juvenile Court and to Judge Edward Lukemire, Houston County Superior Court, thanking them for their 20 years of service to the community.