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ABA Journal wins 12 design and editorial awards

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The ABA Journal recently took home a number of awards in two journalism contests—one for the national business press and the other for Chicago-area media.

The ABA Journal received 10 national awards, including three national gold awards, in the 2021 Azbee Awards of Excellence, sponsored by the American Society of Business Publication Editors. The Journal also won two Peter Lisagor Awards in the contest sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club.

“Despite working under truly extraordinary circumstances in 2020, the staff of the ABA Journal continued to produce important, compelling and interesting journalism,” said Alice E. Richmond, chair of the ABA Journal Board of Editors.

“I know I speak on behalf of the entire Journal Board of Editors in congratulating the Journal staff for the many awards in so many different categories. We not only have award-winning writing; we also have award-winning graphics and art design.”

Here is a full list of the winners:

2021 Azbee Awards of Excellence National Awards


Group Profile: “Legal Rebels” - Stephanie Francis Ward, Jason Tashea and Victor Li

Feature Article Design: “Dreams Deferred” - Elmarie Jara and Nick Panos

Opening Page Spread: “Cure or Con?” - Sara Wadford


Group Profile: “Two young Native American lawyers call for action on missing and murdered indigenous women” - Amanda Robert and Lee Rawles

News Analysis: “What do women have to lose if the Affordable Care Act is struck down?” - Matt Reynolds and Blair Chavis

Front Cover Design: “Business as (Un)Usual” - Brenan Sharp and Nick Panos

Feature Series: “Law & Aging” - Amanda Robert and Lee Rawles

Feature Article:Rough Seas: Suing the cruise industry is rarely smooth sailing” - Jenny Davis and Liane Jackson


Data Journalism: “Dreams Deferred: Law school debt is delaying plans for recent grads” - Stephanie Francis Ward, Lyle Moran and Victor Li

Contents Pages Design: “Contents” - Amanda Fry

In addition, the ABA Journal won 24 awards in the regional Azbees: seven gold, 11 silver and six bronze.

Peter Lisagor Awards

Best Literary Coverage: Lee Rawles for the Modern Law Library podcast

Best Feature Story or Series: ABA Journal staff for coverage of COVID-19 and the legal profession

“All of us who have anything to do with the Journal are honored by these prestigious awards,” Richmond said. “They are affirmation of what we know and see: The ABA Journal is doing an amazingly effective job in bringing the important issues of our time to ABA members, the legal profession and the public. We could not be more proud of the Journal’s staff and the excellence which these awards represent.”

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