On Wednesday, September 23, the Shreveport Bar Association presented D.A. James E. Stewart Sr. with its annual Liberty Bell Award. The Liberty Bell Award is awarded each year to an individual outside of the legal profession who has made significant contributions to the community. 

James E. Stewart, Sr. was elected Caddo Parish District Attorney on November 21, 2015, after serving 25 years as a District and Appellate Court Judge. 

District Attorney Stewart has received numerous honors for his civic involvement and professional achievements. In 2016, the Shreveport Bar Association honored District Attorney Stewart with the 18th Annual Professionalism Award in recognition of his personal courtesy and professional integrity during his many years of service in the legal community. He was the recipient of the 2017 Freedom Fighter Award from the FREE Coalition for his dedication and outstanding work as District Attorney in combating human trafficking. District Attorney Stewart was also recognized as the 2018 Public Official of the Year by the Shreveport Region of the National Association of Social Workers. In 2019, District Attorney Stewart was honored by Volunteers for Youth Justice as the 2019 VYJ Hero of the Year for exceptional commitment to children. 

District Attorney Stewart is a Deacon and Assistant Sunday School Teacher at the Zion Baptist Church. He is a Life Member of the Rho Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. 

District Attorney Stewart is married to Helen Ewing Stewart and the proud father of five children, two stepchildren and five grandchildren. 

The Shreveport Bar Association has honored Liberty Bell Award recipients annually since 1965.