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Doctor awarded Liberty Bell award at Law Day luncheon

Dr. Mohammad Ghazi-Moghadam, left, receives the Liberty Bell Award from Montgomery County Family Court Judge Philip V. Cortese at the county bar association’s annual Law Day luncheon at May 1 at the Winner’s Circle in Fonda. (Photo submitted)

FONDA — Medical doctor Mohammad Ghazi-Moghadam received the Liberty Bell Award from the Montgomery County Bar Association held its annual Law Day luncheon on May 1 at the Winner’s Circle.

The award was given to Ghazi for his commitment to his profession, his patients, and service to the community and for exemplifying “just the type of engaged citizen we need to ensure that our government and resources serve the people,” according to a news release.

This year’s Law Day theme was Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. The Constitutional framework of our three-part government, requires an engaged citizenry in order to protect the rights and liberties of the people.

Ghazi’s example of giving back to his community through his work and personal service to the community makes him a role model for how each of us, as citizens, are called to respect the rights of our fellow citizens to exercise the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, the release stated.

Ghazi has demonstrated his commitment to his community by being an active member of Amsterdam’s Rotary Club since 1982, by his association with the New York State Medical Society, and being a past president of the county Medical Society.

He is also a member of the state Board of Professional Medical Conduct, where he has demonstrated his commitment to the quality of his profession, according to the release. As chairman of the St. Mary’s board of trustees for five years and a trustee for more than 20 years, Ghazi was instrumental in providing leadership in a collaborative environment that led to the successful unification of Amsterdam Memorial and St. Mary’s in 2009. In the last year, he has also oversaw the smooth transition of the name change to St. Mary’s Healthcare.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Law Day, which was instituted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 1, 1958, as a day for all Americans to remember with pride, and to vigilantly guard, the heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law that our forefathers gave us.

The Liberty Bell Award is given to an individual to acknowledge his or her outstanding community service that promotes a better understanding of the rule of law, encourages a greater respect for law and the courts, stimulates a sense of civic responsibility, and contributes to good government in the community.

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