Oklahoma City deacon receives Bar Association award

Deacon San Nguyen of Oklahoma City received the Liberty Bell Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association at its 113th annual meeting Nov. 1-3 in Tulsa.

Deacon Nguyen, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1975, received the award for assisting members of the Vietnamese community and others in obtaining legal representation. He earned a law degree in Vietnam and a master’s degree at Oklahoma City University.

“I thank God for blessing me in many ways in which I cannot repay Him,” Deacon Nguyen said.

For 21 years, he worked in prison ministry for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, helping prisoners obtain legal representation before retiring in 2012.

Deacon Nguyen served as a deacon at several parishes, including Corpus Christi and Saint Joseph Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City. In 2016, he published, “A Book on U.S. Applicable Law.”

“The Liberty Bell Award is given to a nonlawyer for promoting the legal profession. Deacon Nguyen is among 22 award winners being recognized for their achievements that distinguish them as role models within the legal community. They have made profound contributions to their communities and with unmatched commitment, and deserve to be honored,” said Linda Thomas,
president of the Oklahoma Bar Association.