Cheril L. Chronister
The Liberty Bell Award was presented to Cheril L. Chronister at the 2016 Law Day celebration. As stated by Jan Herrold, "This year's recipient, Cheril Chronister, is an ordinary citizen..an ordinary citizen who has played an extraordinary role in protecting the interests of some of York County's most vulnerable children."
For 30 years, Cheril has been a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children who have been placed into the Court's Dependency System after being removed from their home due to alleged abuse or neglect. She performs her work under the authority of a Judge's Court Order to make certain that the child is safe in her temporary placement. She makes sure that the child receives all the support and services needed. She also makes sure that all the pieces of the Dependency System work together to return the child safely to her home or to place the child in an alternative safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.
CASA was established 30 years ago under the guidance and efforts of former York County Judge, The Honorable Emanuel Cassimatis. Cheril was a member of the CASA program's very first training class. She was the first York County CASA volunteer to be assigned to a case and she has been active in CASA ever since.
About the Liberty Bell Award
The Liberty Bell Award honors a non-attorney volunteer in the York community who has encouraged others to respect the laws and legal system, to learn more about and take an active role in the American justice system, and to take pride in our nation's system of freedom for all under the law.
For a list of past recipients, click here.