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Hardin County Dis-trict Court Judge Kimberly W. Shumate received a 2011 Law Related Education Award at the annual Law Day ceremony May 2 at the state Capitol in Frankfort.
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. presented the award to Judge Shumate, who earned the honor for her work with the Teen Court program, Kentucky Mock Trial Program and the Work Restitution Initiative in Hardin County. The WRI matches juvenile of-fenders with businesses that provide them with work so they can earn money to pay for costs associated with their offenses, such as restitution and court costs.
Donielle Lovell, a sociology professor at Western Kentucky University’s Elizabethtown campus, also received a 2011 Law Related Education Award for her work with the WRI.
The Kentucky Court of Justice has presented the Law Related Education Award since 1990.
“The prestigious Law Related Education Award honors individuals who are committed to educat-ing youth and professionals about the fundamental principles of the Kentucky Constitution,” said Patrick Yewell, executive officer of the Department of Family and Juvenile Services at the Administrative Office of the Courts.
The award is presented annually at the Law Day ceremony, which celebrates the rule of law and the legal profession throughout the commonwealth. The day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms of Americans.
William T. Robinson III, a Kentucky attorney and president-elect of the American Bar Association, was the key-note speaker at the Law Day celebration. The event included a swearing-in ceremony for 159 new attorneys.