Silver Gavel Awards Presentation 2012

2012 ABA Silver Gavel Awards Presentation Program


Tuesday, July 17, 2012
5:00PM - 6:30PM


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



Awards Presenter
Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III
President, American Bar Association


Featured Speaker
Clarence Page
Syndicated Columnist, Chicago Tribune

Clarence Page has been a columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board since 1984. His twice-weekly column, syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services, appears in more than 200 newspapers. Page’s interests include politics, social commentary, pop culture, and new media.

Read More About Clarence Page

2012 Honorees:


“The Death Penalty in America”
The Atlantic
Andrew Cohen, Contributing Editor and National Correspondent
Bob Cohn, Editor, Atlantic Digital
Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Women, War & Peace: I Came to Testify
THIRTEEN and Fork Films in association with WNET and ITVS
Pamela Hogan, Series Co-Creator & Executive Producer/Producer/Writer
Gini Reticker, Series Co-Creator/Series Executive Producer
Andrew Fredericks, Editor
Jessie Beauchaine, Associate Producer
Nina Chaudry, Series Senior Producer

 “Imminent Danger”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Meg Kissinger, Reporter

The Color of Conscience: Human Rights in Idaho
Idaho Public Television
Marcia Franklin, Producer/Writer/Host
Peter Morrill, General Manager, Idaho Public Television

Also attending the awards presentation event:


Honorable Mention
Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong
Harvard University Press
Brandon L. Garrett, Author

Honorable Mention
Scenes of a Crime
New Box Productions
Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh, Producers/Directors

Honorable Mention
“Rising Violence in California Psychiatric Hospitals”
National Public Radio
Quinn O’Toole, Editor
William Craven, Logistical Manager

For a complete list of the 2012 Gavel Award winners and further information, go to

About the ABA Silver Gavel Awards

The American Bar Association has presented these awards since 1958 to recognize products in media and the arts published or presented during the preceding year that are exemplary in fostering the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. Eligible categories include books, newspapers, magazines, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, radio, television, and websites. The Silver Gavel Award is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose and no more than one Silver Gavel is presented in each category. In addition, Honorable Mention citations may also be presented. The Gavel Awards are highly selective—this year the ABA is presenting only 4 Silver Gavels and 7 Honorable Mentions among nearly 200 entries received in all eligible categories.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law for the Silver Gavel Awards program.