The Liberty Bell Award honors a non-attorney for significant contributions to the community.

The Lawrence Bar Association presents the Liberty Bell Award annually to acknowledge outstanding community service. Honorees have generously given their time and resources to stimulate a sense of civic responsibility and contribute to the good of the community. This year's Liberty Bell Award is being presented to:

2014 - Juan Bonilla

Juan Bonilla

Juan Bonilla has served at Lawrence Community Works as its first housing counselor in 2004, where he played an integral part in developing LCW’s homeownership education and counseling program. While on the forefront of educating families on how to acquire and maintain homeownership successfully, Juan has advocated against the dangers of predatory lending and mortgage fraud. He was an invited participant in the 2007 Mortgage Summit and served in the Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative’s Selection Committee from 2008-2012. Juan is a National Training Instructor for the National Council of La Raza’s Homeownership Network Learning Alliance. Prior to embarking in his housing counseling career, Juan served as a Financial Services Representative and Compliance Officer with MassMutual Financial Group. Juan continues his advocacy efforts by serving as a Board Member of The Midas Collabortive. He has lived in Lawrence for 30 years, is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the proud father of two beautiful daughters. 

Mr. Bonilla received the award at the LBA's Fall Dinner on October 23, 2014.


Past Recipients


2012 - Jeff Fahey

Jeff Fahey with Attorney Carol-Ann Fraser

Jeff Fahey with Attorney Carol-Ann Fraser

Lawrence Bar Association presented the Liberty Bell Award to Bill Fahey, director of Andover Youth Services, in recognition of his work with the youth of Andover. Attorney Carol-Ann Fraser presented the award.


2011 - Kay Berthold Frishman

Kay Berthold Frishman with Carol-Ann Fraser (Photo Credit: Lawrence Eagle-Tribune)

Kay Berthold Frishman with Carol-Ann Fraser (Photo Credit: Lawrence Eagle-Tribune)

In addition, the Bar Association honored Kay Berthold Frishman, the executive director of Family Services, Inc. for the past 25 years, with its Liberty Bell Award.

The award is bestowed each year to individuals for outstanding service to the community.

Frishman, an Andover resident, has been a "leading figure" in providing social services to individuals and families in need in the Greater Lawrence area, according to the Bar Association. She is retiring this year from the agency.


2010 - Josephine Walker

Josephine Walker with Jeff Renton

Josephine Walker with Jeff Renton

The Lawrence Bar Association bestowed the 2010 Liberty Bell award, given annually for community service, on Josephine Walker, a longtime music teacher in the Andover public schools, and cofounder and director of the Merrimack Junior Theatre.


2008 - Walter Kimball

Walter Kimball taught thousands of Merrimack Valley kids how to play basketball, swim and remain fit, established a day-care program, and lent his efforts to helping the homeless during his lengthy career with the Merrimack Valley YMCA.

For his continued efforts on behalf of the area's young people, Kimball was awarded the Lawrence Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award during the association's annual Law Day observance yesterday at Salvatore's restaurant at 354 Merrimack St.