July 12, 2017

American Bar Association to mark 60th Annual Silver Gavel Awards

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 — The American Bar Association will present its 2017 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. The event marks the 60th annual presentation. This is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.  The awards will be given at a ceremony on Tuesday, July 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

What:   2017 Silver Gavel Awards
            Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards

When:  Tuesday, July 18

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

Brooke Gladstone, managing editor and co-host of public radio’s “On the Media” is the featured speaker at the awards ceremony. ABA President Linda Klein will present four Silver Gavels and two honorable mentions from 156 entries received in all eligible categories — including books, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, radio and television.

No more than one Silver Gavel is presented in each category.

Among the honorees that will be in attendance include Matthew Desmond, author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” and Heather Ann Thompson, author of “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.”  

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 www.ambar.org/gavelawards

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

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