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May 18, 2022

ABA announces eight winners of the 2022 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2022 —The American Bar Association today announced its selections for the  2022 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. This is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose. 

The Silver Gavel Awards are highly selective — this year the ABA is presenting eight Silver Gavels and four Honorable Mentions among 29 finalists identified from 176 entries received in all eligible categories, which include books, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, radio and television.

“The American Bar Association conducts an extensive review of the entrants and undertakes a deliberative process to select Silver Gavel winners and Honorable Mentions,” said Sharon Stern Gerstman, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards. “We congratulate all of the 2022 awardees for their dedication and excellent work toward advancing the American public’s understanding of the law and the justice system.”

The recognized works focus on such matters as gender violence, civil rights, legal history, cold cases, discrimination, civics and the pursuit of justice.

The following is a complete list of the 2022 Silver Gavel award winners with links to their work:

Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence
Viking Books
Anita Hill, author

Punitive Excess
Brennan Center for Justice
Lauren-Brooke Eisen, director, justice program
Daniel Okrent, senior fellow

My Name is Pauli Murray
Amazon Studios
Betsy West and Julie Cohen, directors
Talleah Bridges McMahon, producer
Claudia Raschke, DP
Cinque Northern, editor

Black Legal History in Oklahoma: May 2021 Oklahoma Bar Journal
Oklahoma Bar Association/Oklahoma Bar Journal
John Morris Williams, executive director/editor in chief
Lori Rasmussen, communications director
Melissa DeLacerda, chairperson
Lauren Rimmer, communications specialist
Carol Manning, communications director

Tamara Shogaolu, creative director
Michelle Mizner and Collyn Stephens, producers
Dan Nolan, designer
Anthony DeLorenzo, developer
James Edwards, Ben Greenberg, Ko Bragg, Shantal Riley,
Zoe Todd and Katie Worth, reporters
Sarah Childress and Lauren Prestileo, editors
Carla Borrás, senior producer
Raney Aronson-Rath and Dawn Porter, executive producers

The Real Damage
The Washington Post
Hannah Dreier, national enterprise reporter
Andrew Ba Tran, investigative data reporter

Civics 101: Supreme Court Series
Civics 101
Nick Capodice, host
Hannah McCarthy, host/producer
Jacqui Fulton, producer
Erika Janik, executive producer

A Promise to Ahmaud”
48 Hours
Omar Villafranca, correspondent

The four Honorable Mentions are:

Legal Roadblocks to Police Accountability”
Gateway Journalism Review/Pulitzer Center
William Freivogel, publisher/grantee
Kallie Cox and Orli Sheffey, reporters
Steve Edwards, illustrator
Abbey La Tour, design chief/photographer
Jackie Spinner, editor

Unsettled: Cashing in on Accident Victims
Star Tribune
Jeffrey Meitrodt, investigative reporter
Nicole Norfleet and Adam Belz, reporters
Jeff Wheeler, photojournalist
C.J. Sinner, director of graphics & data visuals
Thomas Oide, digital designer

On Our Watch
National Public Radio/KQED
Sukey Lewis, host/reporter
Sandhya Dirks, producer/reporter
Nicole Beemsterboer, Alex Emslie and Leila Day, editors
Huo Jingnan, data editor
Adelina Lancianese, producer
Nina Sparling and Cynthia Betubiza, assistant producers
Liana Simstrom, supervising producer/project manager

60 Minutes: Attack on the Judiciary
CBS News 60 Minutes
Bill Owens, executive producer
Tanya Simon, executive editor
Bill Whitaker, correspondent
Heather Abbott, producer
LaCrai Mitchell, associate producer
Craig Crawford, editor

The ABA has presented these awards each year since 1958. The 18-member ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards makes the final award decisions. No more than one Silver Gavel is presented in each category. Honorable Mentions are also recognized, but awards are not presented in every category every year.

Selection criteria include how the entry addresses the Silver Gavel Awards’ purpose and objectives; educational value of legal information; impact on, or outreach to, the public; thoroughness and accuracy in presentation of issues; creativity and originality in approach to subject matter and effectiveness of presentation; and demonstrated technical skill in the entry’s production.

ABA President Reginald Turner will present Silver Gavels and Honorable Mentions on July 12 at an in-person event at 5:30 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will also be livestreamed. Alan C. Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project, will be the keynote speaker.                   

To learn more about the Silver Gavel Awards, go to

The ABA is 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.