Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts Presented
WASHINGTON — The American Bar Association presented its selections for the 54th presentation of the Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognized 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.
|D.C. Dan Abrams legal analyst for ABC News|
The awards presentation took place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Dan Abrams, legal analyst for ABC News, was the featured speaker.
The ABA presented six Silver Gavels and two honorable mentions from the nearly 200 entries received in all eligible categories, which include: books, magazines, newspapers, commentary, drama and literature, documentaries, television, radio and websites.
Selection criteria includes: how the entry addresses the Gavel Awards’ purpose and objectives; educational value of legal information or issues treated; 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 production of entry.
The following is a complete list of winners with a short description of their work:
Profiting from Fallen Soldiers
David Evans, Senior Writer
Veterans Agency Made Secret Deal Over Benefits
Exposes how life insurance companies have profited from death benefits owed to families of service members
and other government employees, examining causes and consequences.
Hounded: Debtors and the New Breed of Collectors
Chris Serres, Business Reporter
Glenn Howatt, CAR Reporter
A six-part series that explores recent changes in the debt collection industry, reveals how people with unpaid bills are being jailed, and examines consumer protection and regulation.
New York, New York
Dafna Linzer, Senior Reporter
Chisun Lee, Reporter
Krista Kjellman Schmidt, Deputy Editor of News Applications
A series of 14 articles about detention policies at Guantanamo under the Obama administration, which also considers the role of the federal courts and Congress.
Bonding for Profit
National Public Radio
Laura Sullivan, Correspondent
Steven Drummond, Editor
A three-part investigation into the bail bond process in the U.S. criminal justice system.
The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today
Jay Rosenstein Productions
Jay Rosenstein, Producer, Writer, Director, Photographer
Jude Leak, Editor
Wendy Blackstone, Composer
David Ogden Stiers, Narrator
A one-hour PBS film that tells the compelling personal story that led to a landmark 1948 U.S. Supreme Court decision on the separation of church and state in public schools, McCollum v. Board of Education.
A Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear
The Documentary Group
Robe Imbriano, Producer, Writer, Director
A 22-minute documentary that tells the contemporary story of Lilly Ledbetter, who took her fight for fair pay through the U.S. court system and the halls of Congress.
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices
Twelve/Hachette Book Group
Noah Feldman, Author
Author Noah Feldman offers a group biography of Franklin Roosevelt’s four greatest Supreme Court Justices: Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter and Robert Jackson.
The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr
Ken Gormley, Author
Presents a historical narrative and analysis of the events leading up to the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization 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.