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American Bar Association to present 2016 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts


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American Bar Association to present 2016 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts

By Irma Romero

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2016 — The American Bar Association will present its 2016 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work 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.  The awards will be given at a ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


What:   2016 Silver Gavel Awards
            Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards

When:  Tuesday, July 12

Where: National Press Club
             Grand Ballroom, 13th Floor
             529 14th Street, NW
             Washington, D.C. 20045

Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, will be the featured speaker at the awards ceremony.  ABA President Paulette Brown will present five Silver Gavels and three honorable mentions from 122 entries received in all eligible categories — books, magazines, newspapers, commentary, drama and literature, documentaries, television, radio and other media.

Among the honorees who will be in attendance include Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, directors/writers of the documentary  “Making a Murderer”; Kirby Dick, director/writer, and Amy Ziering, producer of the documentary “The Hunting Ground”; Stephanie Wang-Breal, director/producer, Carrie Weprin, producer and Ursula Liang, co-producer of the television documentary POV: Tough Love; Kenji Yoshino, author of the book, “Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial”; The Associated Press writer Matt Sedensky for the investigative story Betrayed by the Badge; William Freivogel, contributor at St. Louis Public Radio for Law, Justice and the Death of Michael Brown; and Bob Garfield, host, New York Public Radio, On the Media: Bench Press.

To see a complete list of Silver Gavel Winners and honorable mentions, please click here.

The association has presented these awards annually since 1958. The 18-member ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards makes final award decisions.

To learn more about the Silver Gavel Awards, go to

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at (202) 662-1039 or

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