The American Bar Association has announced the 23 finalists for the 2020 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 topics of the works honored range from mass incarceration and domestic violence to issues involving forgiveness, equality and personhood.
The winners will be announced on May 20. No more than one Silver Gavel is presented in each category, which include books, commentaries, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, radio and television. Honorable Mentions are also recognized, but awards are not presented in every category every year.
“There were many excellent entries submitted, and the ABA Gavel Awards Screening Committee had a difficult task in selecting these finalists,” said Sharon Stern Gerstman, chair of the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards. “We congratulate these finalists and look forward to choosing awardees from this very select group.”
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez will present Silver Gavels and Honorable Mentions on July 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post and contributor for MSNBC, will be the featured speaker.