2014 Silver Gavel Awards Presentation

Eligible Categories are:

Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Commentary, Drama and Literature, Documentaries, Television, Radio, and Other Media. Entries must have been originally published, produced, or presented in 2013.


2014 American Bar Association Gavel Award Winners!


Register for the Silver Gavel Awards Presentation and Cocktail Reception.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
5:30PM - 7:30PM

Reception begins at 5:30, program follows at 6:00

The National Press Club
Grand Ballroom
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 

Awards Presenter
James R. Silkenat

President, American Bar Association


Featured Speaker
















Dahlia Lithwick
Senior Editor

Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other publications. Ms Lithwick edited The Best Legal Writing of 2009 and co-authored Me vs. Everybody: Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World, a legal humor book. She is currently working on a book about the four women justices of the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Lithwick has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, and is a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, being the first online journalist invited to serve in this capacity. Ms. Lithwick won a 2013 National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary for her work on the Supreme Court’s handling of the Affordable Care Act. She received the Online Journalism Award for commentary in 2001 and 2005. She clerked for Procter Hug, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Born in Canada, Ms. Lithwick earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. degree from Stanford University.


Open to the public. Admission is complimentary, but space is limited.



The six 2014 Silver Gavel Awards are for a book that goes inside the Pentagon’s prosecution team to probe the post-9/11military-commission system;  a commentary about the treatment of mentally ill inmates;  a documentary that tells the story of three young public defenders on a quest for justice for all; a newspaper series about victims of sexual assault in the military; a radio program about a 3-year-old girl entangled in a custody case before the Supreme Court; and a TV documentary about the epidemic  of rape in the U.S. military.


View complete list of 2014 winners and honorees.


Thank you Baylor Law School; Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law; and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP for your generous support of the Silver Gavel Awards program.