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May 15, 2019

2019 Award Finalist

2019 American Bar Association Gavel Award Finalists Recognizing Outstanding Efforts to Foster Public Understanding of Law


“Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition” 
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, author
Harvard University Press

“Metamorphosis: How to Transform Punishment in America”
Robert A. Ferguson, author
Yale University Press

“Prosecuting the President: How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law”
Andrew Coan, author
Oxford University Press

“The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind”
Justin Driver, author
Penguin Random House/Pantheon Books

“We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights”

Adam Winkler, author
W.W. Norton/Liveright Publishing

“The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote”
Elaine Weiss, author
Penguin Random House/Viking


“Dark Money”
American Documentary/POV and PBS Distribution
Big Sky Film Productions with Big Mouth Productions and Meerket Media Collaborative
Kimberly Reed, director, writer and producer
Katy Chevigny, producer
Jay Arthur Sterrenberg, writer and editor
Justine Nagan and Chris White, 
executive producers, POV

“I Am Evidence”
Shelved, LLC for HBO Documentary Films
Trish Adlesic, co-director and producer
Mariska Hargitay, producer
Geeta Gandbhir, co-director and supervising editor

Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media and CNN Films
Betsy West, director and producer
Julie Cohen, director and producer


“A Culture of No”
The Investigative Fund with Virginia Quarterly Review
Justine van der Leun, reporter
Darren Ankrom, researcher
Esther Kaplan, editor, The Investigative Fund
Paul Reyes, editor, VQR

“Sign Here to Lose Everything”
Zachary Mider, reporter
Zeke Faux, reporter
David Ingold, data analyst
Demetrios Pogkas, data analyst


“Taking Cover: How Cops Escape Discipline for Shootings in Suburban Chicago”
Better Government Association and WBEZ
Jared Rutecki and Casey Toner, investigative reporters
Patrick Smith, reporter, WBEZ
Patrick Judge, web and graphics editor


“Denied Justice”
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Brandon Stahl, reporter
Jennifer Bjorhus, reporter
MaryJo Webster, data editor
Renee Jones Schneider, photo journalist

“Protecting the Shield”
Asbury Park Press
Paul D’Ambrosio, investigations director
Andrew Ford, Kala Kachmar, Susanne Cervenka, Alex Gecan, Ken Serrano, 
staff writers


“Serial Season 3, Episode 1: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center” 
Serial Podcast
Julie Snyder, executive producer
Sarah Koenig, host and reporter
Emmanuel Dzotsi, reporter
Ben Calhoun, producer
Ira Glass, editor 
“Civics 101: Midterm Edition Series”
New Hampshire Public Radio
Erika Janik, executive producer
Hannah McCarthy, co-host, producer
Nick Capodice, co-host, producer, and education outreach producer


“Drawing the Line”
CBS Sunday Morning
Mo Rocca, correspondent
Dustin Stephens, producer
Chad Cardin, editor
Ed Givnish, editor
Rand Morrison, executive producer

“100 Years—One Woman’s Fight for Justice”
America ReFramed
American Documentary and WORLD Channel
Melinda Janko, director and producer
Michelle Ohayon, producer
Lekha Singh, Alan Blomquist and Dea Shandera-Hunter, executive producers
Carmen L. Vicencio, series producer and director, America ReFramed
Justine Nagan, Chris White and Christopher Hastings, executive producers, America ReFramed

“Power of Attorneys”
CBS This Morning “What’s Working”
Mark Strassman, national correspondent
Larry Elardo, coordinating producer
Miles Doran, producer

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