Longtime real estate developer Irwin Molasky and pioneer Nevada attorney Sam Lionel were honored as four Nevada Supreme Court Justices presented them with Clark County Law Foundation’s Liberty Bell Award.
The May 4 ceremony included a re-dedication of the Las Vegas Liberty Bell, a replica of the original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The Las Vegas bell is at the Fifth Street School’s Centennial Plaza, at Fourth Street and Lewis Avenue.
Then-Chief Justice Nancy Saitta gave the invocation and Justice Michael Douglas presided over the rededication of the Liberty Bell. Also attending the ceremonies were Chief Justice Michael Cherry and Justice Kristina Pickering.
Mr. Lionel and Mr. Molasky were given the Liberty Bell Award for their work as the founders and board members of Project REAL, a non-profit organization that has partnered with the Judiciary to educate students about the courts and the law.
The Liberty Bell Award was presented by U.S. District Judge Philip Pro and U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach on behalf of the Clark County Law Foundation and Project REAL.
The Liberty Bell Award has been presented since 1983 and recognizes individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.
Justice Douglas was the 2011 recipient of the Liberty Bell Award, which is sponsored by the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee in partnership with the City of Las Vegas
The achievements of Mr. Lionel and Mr. Molasky through Project REAL have helped hundreds of children learn about the law, gain a greater respect and appreciation for authority, and become responsible citizens.
Mr. Molasky and Mr. Lionel, founded Project REAL in 2005 to meet the challenge of teaching Nevada grade school students the importance of the law and its contribution to the American way of life. Project REAL educates K-12 students about the principles of democracy, law and the responsibilities of citizenship. Through a variety of programs, students have the opportunity to explore our judicial system, examine current controversial issues and become involved, participating citizens who understand their social responsibilities and rights.
Project REAL, which stands for Relevant Education About the Law, offers programs to give children of all ages the opportunity to explore the judicial system, current issues, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. These programs include court tours, specially designed curriculum for K-5, plays, and games and activities.