_ Announces 2013 Silver Gavel Award Finalists for Media and the Arts

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2013 — The _ announces 16 finalists for the 2013 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work in media and the arts that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. This is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose, and no more than one Silver Gavel is presented in each category.

“The finalists result from a rigorous review process by the ABA’s Gavel Awards Screening Committee,” said Cory M. Amron, chair of the 18-member Standing Committee on Gavel Awards, which selects award winners. “We commend all of these finalists for their efforts to advance public understanding of law and the justice system.”

The winners will be announced on May 15.

The ABA Gavel Awards Screening Committee, composed of 45 lawyer-members of the ABA, selected the 16 finalists from nearly 150 entries received in all eligible categories, which include: books, newspapers, magazines, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, radio, television and other media.

Selection criteria include: how the entry addresses the Gavel Awards’ purpose and objectives; educational value of legal information; impact on, or outreach to, the public; thoroughness and accuracy in presentation of issues; creativity and originality in approach to subject matter and effectiveness of presentation; and demonstrated technical skill in the entry’s production.

The association has presented these awards annually since 1958.

The awards presentation will be from 6 – 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. ABA President Laurel G. Bellows will present the Silver Gavel Awards to honorees.

To learn more about the Silver Gavel Awards, go to www.ambar.org/gavelawards.

The following is a complete list of finalists with a link to their work:


Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong
Raymond Bonner, Author
Alfred A. Knopf

Yamashita’s Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur’s Justice, and Command Accountability
Allan A. Ryan, Author
University Press of Kansas

From the Closet to the Altar
Michael Klarman, Author
Oxford University Press

Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
John Fabian Witt, Author
Simon & Schuster

Stand Up That Mountain
Jay Leutze, Author


“Loss of Trust”
San Jose Mercury News
Karen de Sá, Staff Reporter
Dai Sugano and Pat Tehan, Photojournalists

“Free to Kill”
Detroit Free Press
L.L. Brasier and Gina Damron,
Co-Authors and Staff Writers
Amalie Nash, Assistant Managing Editor
Andre J. Jackson, Staff Photographer
Elisha Anderson, Contributor and Staff Writer

“Insider Trading”
Bloomberg News
David Voreacos, David Glovin, Brian Gruley and Greg Farrell, Reporters

“APD Under Fire”
Albuquerque Journal
Jeff Proctor, Staff Writer


“Sam Lawson Columns”
The Oregonian
Steve Duin, Metro Columnist


The Wrong Man
David Ellis, Author
G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Amy Einhorn Books


West of Memphis
Sony Pictures Classics
Amy Berg, Director/Producer
Damien Echols, Lorri Davis, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Producers

The Central Park Five
Florentine Films
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and
David McMahon, Directors/Writers/Producers
Michael Levine, Editor
Stephanie Jackson, Production Coordinator


“Failed to Death”
Nicole Vap, Executive Producer
Jace Larson and Jeremy Jojola, Reporters
Anna Hewson and Anne Herbst, Photojournalists

“Electoral Dysfunction”
Trio Pictures
David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell and
Bennett Singer, Producers/Writers/Directors
Mo Rocca, Host
Jay Keuper, Editor
Joe Friedman, Cinematographer
New York

“The Real CSI”
Investigative Reporting Program
Lowell Bergman, Correspondent, Producer and Writer for Frontline
Andres Cediel, Producer and Writer
Leah Bartos, Reporter for ProPublica
Raney Aronson-Rath, Series Senior Producer
David Fanning, Executive Producer

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