2013 American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards Presentation Program

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 2012.

2013 American Bar Association Gavel Award Winners!


Read interviews with Gavel Award Honorable Mention recipients

2013 Silver Gavel Awards Presentation

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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
Laurel G. Bellows

President, American Bar Association

Featured Speaker

Linda Greenhouse
Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and
Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law
Yale Law School


Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She assumed this position in 2009 after a 40-year career at the New York Times, including 30 years covering the United States Supreme Court. At Yale, Greenhouse is a member of the faculty of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and teaches other Supreme Court-related courses. She has received numerous journalism awards for her reporting, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1998, the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association in 2002 for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics,” and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2004. Greenhouse is the author of a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun; Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva Siegel); and The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction. She is one of two non-lawyer honorary members of the American Law Institute, which awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal in 2002. Greenhouse received a B.A. from Radcliffe College, Harvard and is a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers. In 1978, she received a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship.


The four 2013 Silver Gavels awarded are for a book about the laws of war in American history, a documentary telling the story of five Harlem teenagers falsely convicted of rape, a newspaper series about lax oversight of Michigan probationers and parolees, and a television program on voting in America.

Eligible categories are books, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, newspapers, radio, television and other media.

Honorees Scheduled to Attend:


Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History

John Fabian Witt, Author


The Central Park Five

Florentine Films

Sarah Burns and David McMahon Directors/Writers/Producers

Stephanie Jenkins, Production Coordinator


Lax Controls Leave Ex-Cons Free to Kill

Detroit Free Press

L.L. Brasier and Gina Damron,

 Co-Authors and Staff Writers



Electoral Dysfunction

Trio Pictures in association with WTTW National Productions and the Center for Independent Documentary

Mo Rocca, Host

David Deschamps and Bennett Singer, Producers/Writers/Directors


Also attending the awards presentation:




Loss of Trust

San Jose Mercury News

Karen de Sá, Staff Reporter


Open to the public, admission is complimentary

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP for the Silver Gavel Awards program.