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ABA announces 30 finalists for 2023 Silver Gavel Awards

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For the past 65 years, the ABA has recognized outstanding work that fosters the public’s understanding of law and the legal system through its Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts.

This year, the association has selected 30 finalists from 165 entries in all eligible categories, which include books, commentaries, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, radio and television.

“We are pleased to announce our outstanding finalists in all nine award categories,” said Lisa Bail, chair of the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards, in an ABA press release Wednesday. “Thank you to the Gavel Awards Screening Committee for their dedicated review of the exceptional submissions we received this year. Congratulations to all of the finalists for their excellent work.”

The 16-member Standing Committee on Gavel Awards will make the final award decisions. No more than one Silver Gavel will be presented in each category. Honorable mentions are also awarded but not in every category every year.

ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross will present the awards and honorable mentions July 25 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Here is the complete list of finalists:


Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution by Elie Mystal; The New Press

Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America by Dahlia Lithwick; Penguin Press

G-Man by Beverly Gage; Viking/Penguin Publishing Group

Prosecuting Poverty, Criminalizing Care by Wendy A. Bach; Cambridge University Press

The Constitution in Jeopardy: An Unprecedented Effort to Rewrite Our Fundamental Law and What We Can Do About It by Russ Feingold and Peter Prindiville; PublicAffairs

The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City by Nicholas Dawidoff; W.W. Norton & Company

Tyrants on Twitter: Protecting Democracies From Information Warfare by David L. Sloss; Stanford University Press


The Maddening Irrelevance of Charlie Vaughn’s Innocence”: The Watch; Radley Balko, independent journalist


American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton: Open Eye Pictures; Lise Pearlman, producer; Abby Ginzberg and Robert Richter, co-producers; Andrew Abrahams, co-director, producer, principal DP, editor; Herb Ferrette, co-director

Batali—The Fall of a Superstar Chef: Left/Right; Ken Druckerman and Anneka Jones, executive producers; Singeli Agnew, director; Veronika Adaskova, producer; Ian Kelsey, associate producer; Irene Plagianos, consulting producer; Chris O’Coin and Marlon Singleton, editors; Victor Tadashi Suarez, director of photography; Jeremy Gould, additional photography; David Ahuja, graphics; Jeremy Little, composition

Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?: Boardwalk Pictures, Netflix; Andrew Renzi, director; Andrew Corkin, Nick Boak, Theo James, Andrew Fried, Jordy Wynn, Dane Lillegard, executive producers; Jeff Peterman, cinematographer; Wyatt Rogowski, Ed Greene, Ben Wolin, editors; Chase Deso, composer

The Lost Story of Emmett Till: NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ-TV), Collaboraction Theatre Company; Marion Brooks, NBC Chicago, anchor and investigative reporter; DS Shin, NBC Chicago, photographer/editor; Tom Jones, NBC Chicago, investigative producer; Lauren Stauffer, NBC Chicago, managing editor; Lisa Balde, NBC Chicago, vice president of digital media; Akemi Harrison, NBC Chicago, assistant news director; Frank Whittaker, NBC Chicago, vice president of news; Kevin Cross, NBC Chicago, general manager; Saudia Davis, Collaboraction, executive director; Carla Stillwell, Collaboraction, producer; Marquis Simmons, Collaboraction, assistant director and associate producer; Pricilla Torres, Collaboraction, associate producer; Anthony Moseley, Collaboraction, artistic director; Dana N. Anderson, Collaboraction, co-director; G. Riley Mills and Willie Round, Collaboraction, co-writers of adaptation

When Claude Got Shot: 371 Productions; Brad Lichtenstein, director; Steven Cantor, Brad Lichtenstein, Jamie Schutz, producers; Snoop Dogg, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Leslie Fields Cruz, Geralyn Dreyfous, Ted Chung, executive producers; Patty Quillin, co-executive producer; Santana Coleman, co-producer; Michelle Chang, editor; Colin Sytsma, director of photography; Vernon Reid, original music; Noland Walker, consulting producer; Shana Swanson, supervising producer


Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez; Penguin Random House

Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till: Collaboraction Theatre Company and NBC 5 Chicago; Anthony Moseley, Collaboraction, producer/director/co-producer; Gary Mills, Collaboraction, co-writer; Willie Round, Collaboraction, co-writer; Carla Stillwell, Collaboraction, producer; Dana N. Anderson, Collaboraction, co-director; Marion Brooks and Lauren Stauffer, NBC Chicago, producers; DS Shin, NBC Chicago, editor


The Rogue Court That Paved the Way for Roe’s Demise”: Texas Monthly; Michael Hall, writer/executive editor

The Secret Police: A New Era of Law Enforcement”: MIT Technology Review; Tate Ryan-Mosley, reporter; Mat Honan, editor in chief; Michael Reilly, executive editor; Bobbie Johnson, editor; Linda Lowenthal, copy chief; Stephanie Arnett, art director; Emily Luong, art director; Sam Richards, freelance reporter; Jess Aloe, freelance contributing reporter; Sara Shay, freelance copy editor; Matt Mahoney and Cheryl Alkon, freelance fact-checkers


Banking on Crime”:; Ashley Remkus, investigative reporter; John Archibald, reporter/columnist; Ramsey Archibald, data reporter; Challen Stephens, investigative editor; Amanda Khorramabadi and Anissa Latham-Brown, Red Clay Media, video producers; Sydney Batten, Red Clay Media, video producer; Tamika Moore, Red Clay Media, managing producer; Jeremy Burns, Area 47 Sound, freelance audio engineer; Kavolshaia Howze, Reckon News, video producer; R.L. Nave, Reckon News, editor-in-chief; Taj DeVore-Bey, freelancer cinematographer; Marsha Oglesby, Advance Originals, executive producer

Eavesdropping in Maine Jails”: The Maine Monitor; Samantha Hogan, reporter; Eric Conrad and David Dahl, editors; George Harvey, multimedia editor; Hal Madsen, copyeditor; Rose Ciotta, Investigative Editing Corps, editor


Captive No More: One SC Man’s Journey to Freedom After Years in Modern-Day Slavery”: The Post and Courier; Jennifer Berry Hawes, watchdog and public service reporter; Autumn Phillips, executive editor; Glenn Smith, watchdog and public service editor; Andrew Whitaker, photojournalist; Brandon Lockett, digital graphics producer

Hawaii v. Parental Rights”: Honolulu Civil Beat; John Hill, investigations editor; Anita Hofschneider, reporter; April Estrellon, interactive developer

Juvenile Injustice”: Star Tribune; Liz Sawyer and Chris Serres, reporters; MaryJo Webster, data editor; Jerry Holt, photojournalist; Bryan Brussee, digital designer; Josh Jones, lead news designer; Abby Simons, team leader, public safety; Eric Wieffering, deputy managing editor, enterprise and investigations

The Prison Sell”: The Arizona Republic; Joseph Darius Jaafari, Jimmy Jenkins, Justin Price, Geoff Hing, reporting and analysis; Geoff Hing, Carlie Procell, Leah Trinidad, data/graphics/map production; Michael Chow, Rob Schumacher, Antranik Tavitian, Alberto Mariani, Megan Mendoza, photography; Merry Eccles, Andrea Brunty, digital design and illustrations; Kim Bui, Lexi Potter, Stacy Sullivan, Diana Payan, social media, engagement and promotion; Michael Braga, Chad Snow/KJZZ, Sky Schaudt/KJZZ, project editors; Becca Dyer, copy editor; Greg Burton, executive editor


Affirmative Action Faces Toughest Test in a Generation”: Bloomberg Industry Group; Matthew S. Schwartz, host/producer; Josh Block, editor/executive producer

The Trump Grand Jury”: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Breakdown, season nine; Bill Rankin, creator/host/writer/senior reporter legal affairs; Tamar Hallerman, host/writer/senior reporter enterprise; Shane Backler, sound engineer/producer/senior producer, podcasts & audio content; Jay Black, audio & podcast program manager; Pete Corson, digital presentation specialist

Missing Justice”: Paramount/CBS News/Neon Hum Media; Cara Korte and Bo Erickson, digital reporters, CBS News; Iris PrettyPaint, member of the Blackfeet Nation, descendent of the Crow Nation, sensitivity reader; Steve Raizes, executive vice president of podcasting and audio, Paramount; Megan Marcus, vice president of podcast editorial, Paramount; Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, executive vice president of newsgathering, CBS News; Mark Lima, Washington, D.C. bureau chief, CBS News; Jamie Benson, senior producer, CBS News Radio; Jonathan Hirsch, executive producer, Neon Hum; Joanna Clay, senior producer, Neon Hum; Liz Sanchez, associate producer, Neon Hum; Stephanie Serrano, associate editor, Neon Hum; Asha Iwanowicz, original music; Scott Somerville, sound design; Epidemic Sound, additional tracks; Naomi Barr, fact checker

Open and Shut”: Wisconsin Watch; Phoebe Petrovic, host/reporter; Phoebe Petrovic and Nina Earnest, producers; Dee J. Hall, reporter/managing editor/digital story editor; Enjoyiana Nururdin and Clare Amari, production assistants; Karen Given, editor; Coburn Dukehart, digital project manager; Alyssa Allemand and David Hyland, digital editors; Brad Kolberg, technical director; Karl Christenson, music; John Thomas Nichols, art direction; Angela Woodward, marketing specialist; Amanda Starich, Anna Rueden and Jane Jiumaleh, digital design; Christa Westerberg and Aaron Dumas, legal review; Andy Hall, Noah Ovshinsky, Bridgit Bowden, Madeline Heim and Wesley Lethem, additional support


Prosecuting Pregnancy Loss”: ABC News; Devin Dwyer, correspondent; Patty See, producer; Paul Strzegowski, editor; Duane Poquis, photographer; Hing Ng, audio technician

Spotlight—Supreme Court”: ABC News; Devin Dwyer, correspondent; Sarah Herndon, Robert Gehlen and Isabella Meneses, producers; Paul Strzegowski, editor; Paul Dougherty, director of photography; Joey Ybarra, Lincoln Wiese and Sal Malguarnera, photographers; John Fonseca, Jeff Edrich and Larry Kaltenbach, audio technicians

Roe v. Wade”: CBS News’ CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell; Norah O’Donnell, anchor and managing editor; Adam Verdugo, executive producer; Alturo Rhymes, executive story editor; Elizabeth Turner, senior broadcast producer; Jan Crawford, Omar Villafranca, Jamie Yuccas and Elaine Quijano, correspondents; Julie Morse, Brian Gottlieb, Paul Facey, Sherri Sylvester and Patrick Becker, senior producers; Robert Kozberg, Caroline Bol, Anam Siddiq, Chris Laible, Kate Rydell, Corey Rangel, Rebecca Kaplan, Rebecca Reingold, Durrell Dawson, Angela Moore, Maggie Dore and Olivia Rinaldi, producers; Brian McEneny, Stephen Boyd, Chris Hassan, Larry Goldfine, George Whipple, Gustavo Sampaio, Heather Spinelli, editors

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