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November 04, 2022

Standing Committee on Gavel Awards

All Gavel Award entries are first reviewed by an approximately 50-person screening committee. Screeners include lawyers, judges, journalists, scholars, and other volunteers.  The Standing Committee on Gavel Awards is comprised of presidentially-appointed ABA members, and includes lawyers, journalists, and other members of the media. They convene annually to evaluate entries and select winners.


Lisa Bail
Honolulu, HI

Stephanie Abrutyn
Avon, CO

Maryam Ahranjani
Albuquerque, NM

Lynn Allingham
Anchorage, AK

Ruth Bahe-Jachna
Chicago, IL

Hon. Nannette A. Baker
Saint Louis, MO

Sandy Baron
Potomac, MD

Gabrielle Buckley
Chicago, IL

Mike Burke
Washington, DC

Stephen E. Chappelear
Columbus, OH

Jonathan L. Entin
Cleveland, OH

Thomas A. Forbes
Austin, TX

Sumbal Mahmud
Medina, MN

Irene Oria
Miami, FL

Richard Pena
Austin, TX

Steven Schwinn
Chicago, IL

Al-Amyn S. Sumar
Washington, DC

Stephen J. Wermiel
Washington, DC

Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr.
Philadelphia, PA

Tiffany Middleton
Manager, Education Programs & Research
ABA Division for Public Education
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
P: (312) 988-5739
Email: [email protected]

Members of the ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards are prohibited from judging entries in which they have personal, professional, or financial involvement. As soon as a Member becomes aware of such a conflict, the Member must notify the Ethics Office at the ABA or voluntary rescues themselves from the decision-making process.