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Book by Anita Hill is among 29 finalists for ABA Silver Gavel Awards

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A book by Anita Hill and a Wall Street Journal story on judicial conflicts of interest are among 29 finalists for the ABA’s 2022 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts.

The Silver Gavel Award winners will be announced on May 18, according to a Wednesday ABA press release. The competition recognizes outstanding work that fosters understanding of law and the legal system.

The 29 finalists were chosen from 176 entries by a screening committee of 50 professionals with legal and media expertise. The 18-member ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards will select the winners. No more than one winner will be chosen for each category, but some honorable mentions may also be recognized.

ABA President Reginald Turner will present the awards on July 12 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The finalists are:


Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence by Anita Hill; Viking Books

Better, Not Bitter: Living in the Pursuit of Racial Justice by Yusef Salaam; Grand Central Publishing

Citadels of Pride by Martha C. Nussbaum; W.W. Norton & Company

Desperate by Kris Maher; Scribner

The Accidental History of the U.S. Immigration Courts: War, Fear, and the Roots of Dysfunction by Alison Peck; University of California Press

The Behavioral Code: The Hidden Ways the Law Makes Us Better or Worse by Benjamin van Rooij and Adam Fine; Beacon Press


Punitive Excess”: Brennan Center for Justice; Lauren-Brooke Eisen, director, justice program; Daniel Okrent, senior fellow


A Crime on the Bayou: Augusta Films LLC; Nancy Buirski, director/producer; Claire Chandler and Susan Margolin, producers; Anthony Ripoli, editor

Amend: The Fight for America: Netflix/Westbrook Studios/The DocumentaryGroup/Wilmore Films/MakeMake Entertainment; Robe Imbriano, co-creator/executive producer/story by; Tom Yellin, co-creator/executive producer; Will Smith, host/executive producer; Terrence Carter, Jana Babatunde-Bay, Jamal Watson, Angus Wall, Jamila Farwell, Adam Del Deo, executive producers

My Name is Pauli Murray: Amazon; Betty West and Julie Cohen, directors; Talleah Bridges McMahon, producer; Claudia Raschke, DP; Cinque Northern, editor

The People v. The Klan: CNN/Blumhouse Television; Donnie Eichar, director/executive producer; Cornell William Brooks, Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Mary Lisio, Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm, executive producers


The Sporting House Killing: Gerald Powell, author/publisher


Black Legal History in Oklahoma: May 2021 Oklahoma Bar Journal”: Oklahoma Bar Association/Oklahoma Bar Journal; John Morris Williams, executive director/editor in chief; Lori Rasmussen, communications director; Melissa DeLacerda, chairperson; Lauren Rimmer, communications specialist; Carol Manning, communications director

Legal Roadblocks to Police Accountability”: Gateway Journalism Review/Pulitzer Center; William Freivogel, publisher/grantee; Kallie Cox and Orli Sheffey, reporters; Steve Edwards, illustrator; Abbey La Tour, design chief/photographer; Jackie Spinner, editor


Incarceration Transparency”: Loyola University New Orleans, Technology and Legal Innovation Clinic at Loyola Law School; Andrea Armstrong and Judson Mitchell, professors

Mental Competency Consequences: The Hidden and Unreliable Data Texas Tracks… or Doesn’t”: KXAN; Josh Hinkle, director of investigations and innovation; David Barer, senior investigative producer; Ben Friberg, photographer; Eric Henrikson, creative producer; Rachel Gale, graphic artist; Robert Sims, digital special projects developer; Kate Winkle, digital director

Un(re)solved”: Frontline; Tamara Shogaolu, creative director


Hidden Interests”: The Wall Street Journal; Michael Siconolfi, investigations editor; James Grimaldi, investigative reporter; Coulter Jones and Joe Palazzolo, reporters

Outgunned”: CalMatters; Robert Lewis, reporter; Marji Lundstrom, deputy editor; Jeremia Kimelman, data producer; Joel Sappell, contributing editor

The Real Damage”: The Washington Post; Hannah Dreier, national enterprise reporter; Andrew Ba Tran, investigative data reporter;

Unsettled: Cashing in on Accident Victims”: Star Tribune; Jeffrey Meitrodt, investigative reporter; Nicole Norfleet and Adam Belz, reporters; Jeff Wheeler, photojournalist; CJ Sinner, director of graphics & data visuals; Thomas Oide, digital designer

Waiting for Justice”: CalMatters; Robert Lewis, reporter; Marla Cone, deputy editor; Jeremia Kimelman, data reporter


Civics 101: Supreme Court Series”: Civics 101; Nick Capodice, host; Hannah McCarthy, host/producer; Jacqui Fulton, producer; Erika Janik, executive producer

On Our Watch”: National Public Radio/KQED; Liana Simstrom, supervising producer/project manager; Sukey Lewis, host/reporter; Sandhya Dirks, producer/reporter; Nicole Beemsterboer, Alex Emslie and Leila Day, editors; Huo Jingnan, data editor; Adelina Lancianese, producer; Nina Sparling and Cynthia Betubiza, assistant producers

The Trials of Frank Carson”: Los Angeles Times; Christopher Goffard, staff writer; Steve Clow, deputy metro editor; Abbie Fentress Swanson and Ben Adair, executive producers; Alex McInnis, composer/sound designer


A Promise to Ahmaud”: 48 Hours; Omar Villafranca, correspondent

60 Minutes: Attack on the Judiciary”; CBS News 60 Minutes; Bill Owens, executive producer; Tanya Simon, executive editor; Bill Whitaker, correspondent; Heather Abbott, producer; LaCrai Mitchell, associate producer; Craig Crawford, editor

Crisis in Corrections”: WFTS/ABC Action News; Adam Walser and Kylie McGivern, investigative reporters; Melanie Payne, executive producer; Matt McGlashen, photographer/editor

Probate Problems: Reforming Michigan’s Guardianship Laws”: WXYZ-TV; Heather Catallo, investigative reporter; Kimberly Craig, reporter; Johnny Sartin Jr. and John Ciolino videographers; Randy Lundquist, video editor

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