ABA to present 2015 Silver Gavel Awards

The American Bar Association will present its 2015 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work in media and the arts 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 awards will be given at a ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Renowned lawyer Theodore B. Olson, the co-author of the new book, "Redeeming the Dream: the Case for Marriage Equality," will be the featured speaker at the awards ceremony. ABA President William Hubbard will present four Silver Gavels and four honorable mentions from 168 entries received in all eligible categories: books, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, newspapers, radio, television and other media.

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

The following is a complete list of Silver Gavel winners and honorable mentions:


"Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison"

Nell Bernstein, author

The New Press


Honorable Mention

"Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution"

Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz, authors

Henry Holt and Company



"The Case Against 8"

Tripod Media and HBO Documentary Films

Ben Cotner and Ryan White, directors/producers

Jessica Lawson, co-producer


Honorable Mention


Stop Productions

Spencer Wolff, director/producer


"15 to Life: Kenneth's Story"

American Documentary/POV and HitPlay Productions

Nadine Pequeneza, director/producer

Chris White, vice president, programming and production

Simon Kilmurry, executive producer

Cynthia Lopez, co-executive producer



"Till Death Do Us Part"

The Post and Courier

Glenn Smith, projects editor

Doug Pardue, projects reporter

Jennifer Berry Hawes, faith and values reporter

Natalie Caula Hauff, reporter



Honorable Mention

"Segregation Now: Investigating America's Racial Divide"


Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative reporter

Minhee Cho, communications manager

Jeff Larson, data editor

Maisie Crow, independent documentary filmmaker



"Serial: Season One"


Julie Snyder, executive producer

Sarah Koenig, host and executive producer

Dana Chivvis, producer

Ira Glass, editorial advisor


Published: Thu, Jul 16, 2015