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July 08, 2021

American Bar Association to present 64th annual Silver Gavel Awards for media and the arts

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2021 — The American Bar Association will present its 2021 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, in a virtual program on Tuesday, July 13. The award is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose. 

2021 Silver Gavel Awards
Sponsored by the ABA Division for Public Education

When: Tuesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. EDT

Where: Online

David McCraw, vice president and deputy general counsel at The New York Times Company, will be the featured speaker.

ABA President Patricia Lee Refo will present six Silver Gavel Awards, and ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards Chair Sharon Stern Gerstman will present six honorable mentions selected from among 22 finalists identified from 130 entries received in all eligible categories. They 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 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, please click here

The Silver Gavel Awards virtual presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. The program will also be livestreamed on YouTube, available 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 credentialing and to receive the event link, contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or [email protected].

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