Okc Educator Presented Liberty Bell Award

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Carolyn Wakely, a 28-year Oklahoma City educator and director of the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Program, was named Tuesday as the winner of the 1990 Liberty Bell Award, presented annually by the Oklahoma County Bar Association to a non-lawyer who makes significant contributions to the legal field.

Eric Eissenstat and David Donchin, representing the Young Lawyers Division of the county bar, presented Wakely with the award during the annual Law Day luncheon at the Civic Center Music Hall.

They said education - and people like Carolyn Wakely - are the keys to breaking down the barriers of misunderstanding which contribute to an anti-lawyer sentiment in America.

"She has traveled all over Oklahoma, attracting students to the Mock Trial Program and the Trial By Jury Program at the State Fair," Eissenstat said. "Over the last three years, she has helped to educate thousands of people."

Wakely, who serves as coordinator of guidance and counseling for Oklahoma City Public Schools, has worked as a school counselor and administrator since 1962. …