October 29, 2018

2011 Awards Program

2011 ABA Gavel Awards Program

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 6 Silver Gavels and 2 Honorable Mentions among nearly 200 entries received in all eligible categories.

    We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Vinson & Elkins and the Southern Methodist University School of Law for the Silver Gavel Awards program.

Awards Presenter

Carolyn B. Lamm

Immediate Past President
American Bar Association

Featured Speaker

Dan Abrams
Legal Analyst
ABC News

    Dan Abrams is Legal Analyst for ABC News, substitute anchor for "Good Morning America," and the host of the Investigation Discovery Channel's "Chasing Justice with Dan Abrams." Until 2011, he had been at NBC for 15 years, serving as Chief Legal Correspondent for NBC News, host on MSNBC, and a reporter for NBC Nightly News.

2011 Honorees:


2011 ABA Gavel Awards Program


Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices
Twelve/Hachette Book Group

New York, New York
Noah Feldman, Author


A Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear
The Documentary Group

New York, New York
Robe Imbriano, Producer, Writer, Director; Kayce Freed Jennings, Senior Producer; Greg Blanc, Associate Producer


Profiting from Fallen Soldiers
Bloomberg Markets

New York, New York
David Evans, Senior Writer
Jonathan Neumann, Senior Editor


Hounded: Debtors and the New Breed of Collectors
Star Tribune

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nancy Barnes, Editor                                                                Chris Serres, Business Reporter
Glenn Howatt, CAR Reporter


Bonding for Profit
National Public Radio

Washington, DC
Laura Sullivan, Correspondent
Steven Drummond, Editor


The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today
Jay Rosenstein Productions
Champaign, Illinois

Jay Rosenstein, Producer, Writer, Director


The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr

Ken Gormley, Author

Crown Publishers


Detention Dilemma
New York, New York
Dafna Linzer, Senior Reporter

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