Finalists


2017 American Bar Association
Gavel Award Finalists


Recognizing Outstanding Efforts to Foster Public Understanding of Law


Read the press release here





BOOKS


Blood in the Water: The Attica
Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Heather Ann Thompson, Author
Penguin Random House/Pantheon Books



Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
 American City

Matthew Desmond, Author
Penguin Random House/Crown Publishers



The Framers’ Coup: The Making of
 the United States Constitution

Michael Klarman, Author
Oxford University Press



Imbeciles: The Supreme Court,
 American Eugenics, and the
 Sterilization of Carrie Buck

Adam Cohen, Author
Penguin Random House/Penguin Books



Vagrant Nation: Police Power,
 Constitutional Change, and
 the Making of the 1960s

Risa Goluboff, Author
Oxford University Press




COMMENTARY


It’s Been 40 Years Since the Supreme
Court Tried to Fix the Death Penalty
 — Here’s How It Failed

The Marshall Project
Evan Mandery, Professor
John Jay College of Criminal Justice




DOCUMENTARIES


Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of
Race and Higher Education

Villita Media for KLRU-TV
Lynn Boswell, Producer, Director & Writer
Paul Sweeney, Editor



Do Not Resist
VANISH Films
Craig Atkinson, Director
Laura Hartrick, Producer



Trapped
Trilogy Films
Dawn Porter, Director
Marilyn Ness, Producer




MAGAZINES


Where the Death Penalty Still Lives
New York Times Magazine
Emily Bazelon, Staff Writer
Ilena Silverman, Features Editor




MULTIMEDIA


Doubled Up In Solitary Confinement

National Public Radio and The Marshall Project
Joseph Shapiro, Correspondent, NPR
Christie Thompson, Staff Writer, The Marshall Project
Ruth Baldwin, Director of Communications, The Marshall Project
Robert Little, Senior Supervising Editor, Investigations, NPR




NEWSPAPERS


A Cry for Help
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
Jennifer Bjorhus and Kelly Smith, reporters
Jeff Hargarten, Interactive data journalist
MaryJo Webster, Data editor
Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Visual journalist



Forsaken: Florida's Broken Mental Health System
Sun Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Dana Banker, Managing Editor
Megan O’Matz, Sally Kestin, and Stephen Hobbs, Reporters
John Maines, Database Editor



No Money, No Mercy

The New York Times
Andrew Lehren and Shaila Dewan, Reporters
Christine Kay, Enterprise Editor
Scott Blumenthal, Deputy Editor, Interactive News




RADIO


"...and justice for all."
Alabama Public Radio
Pat Duggins, News Director
Stan Ingold, Assistant News Director
Alex AuBuchon and Mackenzie Bates, News Hosts/Reporters



More Perfect
WNYC Studios
Jad Abumrad, Executive Producer, Host, Creator
Suzie Lechtenberg, Executive Producer
Kelsey Padgett, Producer, Reporter
Sean Rameswaram, Correspondent Tobin Low, Producer



This Land Is Our Land
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Anna Griffin, News Director
David Blanchard, Producer



TELEVISION


The Border
FOX5 Las Vegas
Christine Maddela, News Anchor



48 Hours: The Fight for Melissa
48 Hours/CBS News
Erin Moriarty, Correspondent
Lourdes Aguiar, Charlotte Fuller and Gail Abbott Zimmerman, producers
Judy Tygard, senior producer
Susan Zirinsky, executive producer

























Winners will be announced on May 10.

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For information about the Silver Gavel Awards, please contact:


American Bar Association 
Division for Public Education 
321 N. Clark St., 20.2 
Chicago, IL 60654 
312/988-5733 (phone) 
312/988-5494 (fax attn: Gavel Awards) 
howard.kaplan@americanbar.org

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