July 11, 2018

Winners to take center stage at American Bar Association’s 61st Annual Silver Gavel Awards

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2018 — The American Bar Association will present its 2018 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system, on July 17 from 5:15-7:30 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event marks the 61st annual presentation. This is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.

What:   2018 Silver Gavel Awards
            Sponsored by the ABA Division for Public Education

When:  Tuesday, July 17

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

Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, is the featured speaker. ABA President Hilarie Bass will present six Silver Gavels and four honorable mentions from 166 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.

The Silver Gavel awarded-work focused on such matters as policing, Japanese American internment during World War II, Thurgood Marshall, Guantánamo, a murder-trial jury, and mortgage-fraud prosecution.

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

The cocktail reception and Silver Gavel Awards presentation are free and open to the public. Register to attend 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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