The American Bar Association recently announced the 19 finalists for the 2019 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work that fosters the public’s understanding of law and the legal system.
“Among so many excellent entries, the ABA Gavel Awards Screening Committee had a very challenging assignment to select these finalists,” said Stephen C. Edds, chair of the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards. “We are pleased to recognize these finalists and look forward to choosing awardees among an already select group.”
The winners will be announced on May 15. No more than one Silver Gavel award is presented in each category. Honorable mentions can also be awarded.
The Silver Gavel finalists’ work focused on subjects including torture, prison reform, presidential accountability, public education, the women’s suffrage movement, democracy, unsolved rape cases, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, asylum, police shootings, gerrymandering, management of Indian Trust accounts, and tenant rights.
The ABA has presented these awards each year since 1958. The 18-member ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards makes the final award decisions. ABA President Bob Carlson will present Silver Gavels and Honorable Mentions on July 16 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.