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July 16, 2020

American Bar Association to present 63rd Annual Silver Gavel Awards virtually

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2020 — The American Bar Association will present its 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 awards are the ABA’s highest honor in acknowledgment of this purpose. The online presentation will be Tuesday, July 21.

2020 Silver Gavel Awards
Sponsored by the ABA Division for Public Education

Tuesday, July 21
Program: 4 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. ET


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart, opinion columnist at The Washington Post and MSNBC contributor, is the featured speaker.

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez will present six Silver Gavels and five honorable mentions among the 23 finalists identified from 188 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 matters such as court secrecy and open justice, racial justice, criminal justice system reforms and women’s rights.

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

The Silver Gavel Awards virtual presentation is free and open to the public. Register to attend here.

The association has presented the awards annually since 1958. The 18-member ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards makes final award decisions.

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

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers 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