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July 09, 2019

American Bar Association to present 62nd Annual Silver Gavel Awards at National Press Club

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2019 — The American Bar Association will present its 2019 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 16 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event marks the 62nd annual presentation. This is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.

2019 Silver Gavel Awards
Sponsored by the ABA Division for Public Education

Tuesday, July 16
Reception: 5:15 p.m.
Program: 6 p.m.

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

Elaine Weiss, award-winning journalist and author, is the featured speaker. ABA President Bob Carlson  will present five Silver Gavels and three honorable mentions from 164 entries received in all eligible categories, which include books, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, radio and television.

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

This year’s Silver Gavel awarded-work focuses on such matters as the 19th Amendment, untested rape kits, cash-advance companies, bad cops and campaign contributions.

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

The 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.

For media credentials to cover the conference, contact Betsy Adeboyejo at [email protected]  or (202) 662-1039.

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at and on Twitter @ABANews.