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New online entry form available for ABA Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts

New online entry form available for ABA Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 — For the first time, the American Bar Association will accept entry forms for the Silver Gavel Awards online. The deadline for 2014 award submissions is Jan. 7. 

This award recognizes the outstanding work of professionals in the media and the arts that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. This is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose and only one Silver Gavel is presented in each category.

Complete the entry form online. Entries must have been originally published, produced or presented in 2013. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be submitted; however, a particular entry can only be submitted in one category. Depending on the category, a hard-copy or mail-in submission may be required. The eligible categories are books, magazines, newspapers, commentary, drama and literature, documentaries, television, radio and other media. Guidelines for the award are available online.

The association has presented these awards annually since 1958. The 18-member ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards makes final award decisions. Finalists will be announced on March 13. Winners will be announced on May 15. ABA President James R. Silkenat will present the awards on July 22 in D.C.

To learn more about the Silver Gavel Awards, go to

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement on line. Follow the latest ABA news at and on Twitter @ABANews.

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