ABA announces the 2014 Silver Gavel Award winners

 The American Bar Association has announced its selections for the 2014 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 winners are:
• “The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay,” a book that goes inside the Pentagon’s prosecution team to probe the post-9/11military-commission system
• “An American Gulag,” commentary about the treatment of mentally ill inmates
• “Gideon’s Army,” a documentary that tells the story of three young public defenders on a quest for “justice for all”
• “Twice Betrayed,” a newspaper series about victims of sexual assault in the military
• “Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl,” a radio program about a 3-year-old girl entangled in a custody case before the Supreme Court
• “The Invisible War,” a TV documentary about the “epidemic” of rape in the U.S. military
The awards ceremony will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. July 22 in Washington, D.C. ABA President James R. Silkenat will present the Silver Gavel Awards to honorees.
The ABA will present six Silver Gavels and three Honorable Mentions from 169 entries received in all eligible categories: books, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, newspapers, radio, television and other media.
“Selecting the 2014 Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts is the result of an intensive review by the American Bar Association,” said Cory M. Amron, chair of the Gavel Awards committee. 
To learn more about the Silver Gavel Awards, go to www.ambar.org/gavelawards. 


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