Law in Popular Culture

Silver Gavel finalists named; ABA award honors media and arts that foster legal understanding


This year’s finalists for the ABA Silver Gavel Awards include SCOTUSblog, several books about constitutional law, and a novel about a once-high powered defense lawyer who is approaching rock bottom.

The awards recognize outstanding work in media and the arts that fosters the public’s understanding of law and the legal system. The winners will be announced May 15.

A press release lists these 19 finalists:


<a href=”;jsessionid=7932A0D10DA630BEA24895E7DE73082F?cc=us&lang=en&” title=American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution”>American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution by Garrett Epps; Oxford University Press

The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution by Marcia Coyle; Simon & Schuster

States of Union: Family and Change in the American Constitutional Order by Mark E. Brandon; University Press of Kansas

The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay by Jess Bravin; Yale University Press

A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America by Evan J. Mandery; W.W. Norton & Company Inc.


“An American Gulag” in the Atlantic by Andrew Cohen


Gideon’s Army by Trilogy Films

Dirty Wars by Civic Bakery


A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzner; Simon & Schuster


“Heavyweight: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Moved the Supreme Court” in the New Yorker by Jeffrey Toobin

“Welcome to the 36th” in the American Prospect by Kat Aaron


“Reinvestigating Rape: Old Evidence, New Answers” in the Cleveland Plain Dealer by Rachel Dissell and Leila Atassi

“Twice Betrayed” in the San Antonio Express-News by Karisa King and Sig Christenson


SCOTUSblog published by Tom Goldstein

“In the Name of the Law: What the Public Isn’t Being Told About Police Misconduct” in Honolulu Civil Beat by Nick Grube


“The Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Has Outlived Its Usefulness” by Intelligence Squared U.S.

“Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl” by Radiolab


The Invisible War by Chain Camera Pictures

Constitution USA with Peter Sagal by Twin Cities Public Television

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