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ABA announces finalists for awards for media and arts

Wednesday, March 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The American Bar Association has announced 19 finalists for its 2018 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system.

Finalists were announced in seven categories: Books, documentaries, multimedia, newspapers, drama and literature, TV, and radio.

The winners will be announced on May 23, and winners will receive their awards at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C, on July 17.

The finalists are:


“An American Sickness”
Elizabeth Rosenthal, author

“Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay”
Amanda Tyler, author

“In Praise of Litigation”
Alexandra Lahav, author

“Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America”
Peter Edelman, author

“The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives”
Jesse Eisinger, author

“Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission”
Barry Friedman, author


“And Then They Came for Us”
Ginzberg Productions

“Birthright: A War Story”
Tamarkin Productions

They Call Us Monsters”
BMP Films


Michael Koskoff and Jacob Koskoff, writers

“Witness to Guantanamo”
Peter Honigsberg, director and founder
John Symons, filmmaker


“Death-Penalty Defense Drama at Guantanamo War Court”
Miami Herald

“Secrecy Rules”
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.)

“Breakdown Season 6: A Jury of his Peers”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Null and Void”
Radiolab at WNYC

“The Bookie, the Phone Booth, and the FBI”
WNYC Studios New York Public Radio

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
PBS Distribution, Frontline, and ITVS

“Baltimore Rising”
Blowback Productions for HBO Documentary Films

48 Hours: “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”
48 Hours/CBS News