American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award

Given by American Bar Association (ABA)

Other Names: ABA Silver Gavel Awards for Media and The Arts, ABA Silver Gavel Certificate of Merit, Silver Gavel Award for Media and The Arts
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Winner 82

The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City by Nicholas DawidoffBooks2023
Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-ValdezDrama & Literature2023
Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence by Anita HillBooks2022
Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws by William N. Jr. EskridgeBooks2021
Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration by Emily BazelonBooks2020
Just Mercy by Destin Daniel CrettonDrama & Literature2020
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. WeissBooks2019
Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission by Barry FriedmanBooks2018
And Then They Came for Us by Abby GinzbergDocumentaries2018
Marshall [2017 film] by Reginald HudlinDrama & Literature2018
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew DesmondBooks2017
Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial by Kenji Yoshino2016
Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein2015
The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay by Jess Bravin2014
Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History by John Fabian Witt2013
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman2011
Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror - A Public Defender's Inside Account by Steven T. Wax2009
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin2008
Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power by Joseph Margulies2007
America's Constitution: A Biography by Akhil Reed Amar2006
Black Trials: Citizenship from the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste by Mark S. Weiner2005
And the Dead Shall Rise by Steve Oney2004
Jim Crow's Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision by Peter Irons2003
An American insurrection : the battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962 by William Doyle2002
Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden2000
Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years, 1963-65 by Taylor Branch1999
Chief Justice: A Biography of Earl Warren by Ed Cray1998
The Life of the Law: The People and Cases that Have Shaped Our Society, from King Alfred to Rodney King by Alfred H. Knight1997
A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr1996
Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television, & the First Amendment by Newton N. Minow1996
A Year in the Life of the Supreme Court (Constitutional Conflicts) by Rodney A. Smolla1996
The Jury: Trial and Error in the American Courtroom by Stephen J. Adler1995
Crusaders in the Courts: How a Dedicated Band of Lawyers Fought for the Civil Rights Revolution by Jack Greenberg1995
Crime and Punishment in American History by Lawrence M. Friedman1994
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self by G. Edward White1994
Matters of Principle: An Insider's Account of America's Rejection of Robert Bork's Nomination to the Supreme Court by Mark Gitenstein1993
The Color-Blind Constitution by Andrew Kull1993
Turning Right: The Making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court by David G. Savage1993
In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action by Ellen Alderman1992
The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide by Linda R. Monk1992
Bending the Law: The Story of the Dalkon Shield Bankruptcy by Richard B. Sobol1992
Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart1992
Black in Selma: The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chestnut, Jr. by J. L. Chestnut, Jr.1991
Black Votes Count: Political Empowerment in Mississippi After 1965 by Frank R. Parker1991
Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes by Laurence Tribe1991
Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America by Ethan Bronner1990
As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit in America by Teresa A. Sullivan1990
Questioning Authority : Justice and Criminal Law by David L. Bazelon1989
Chadha: The Story of an Epic Constitutional Struggle by Barbara Hinkson Craig1989
A Crime of Self-Defense: Bernhard Goetz and the Law on Trial by George P. Fletcher1989
The Enduring Constitution: An Exploration of the First Two Hundred Years by Jethro Koller Lieberman1988
Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, The Supreme Court, and Free Speech by Richard Polenberg1988
American Broadcasting and the First Amendment by Lucas A. Powe, Jr.1988
Law's Empire by Ronald Dworkin1987
Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics by David M. O'Brien1987
Agent Orange on Trial: Mass Toxic Disasters in the Courts, Enlarged Edition by Peter H. Schuck1987
Ideals, Beliefs, Attitudes, and the Law: Private Law Perspectives on a Public Law Problem (Frank W. Abrams Lectures) by Guido Calabresi1986
The Federal Courts: Challenge and Reform by Richard A. Posner1986
The Unpublished Opinions of the Warren Court by Bernard Schwartz1986
The Constitution: That Delicate Balance by Fred W. Friendly1985
The Nuremberg Trial by Ann Tusa1985
Miranda Crime Law Politics by Liva Baker1984
Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Genna Rae McNeil1984
The American Inquisition: Justice and Injustice in the Cold War by Stanley I. Kutler1983
Earl Warren: A Public Life by G. Edward White1983
Minnesota Rag by Fred W. Friendly1982
Speech and Law in a Free Society by Franklyn Saul Haiman1982
The litigious society by Jethro Koller Lieberman1982
Judge Frank Johnson and Human Rights in Alabama by Tinsley E. Yarbrough1982
The Process Is the Punishment: Handling Cases in a Lower Criminal Court by Malcolm M. Feeley1980
Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 2nd Edition by Elder Witt1980
Our legal heritage : a law-focused education program for young Americans by Russell I Berry1979
In the Matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process by A. Leon Higginbotham1979
Government by Judiciary by Raoul Berger1978
The Role of the Supreme Court in American Government by Archibald Cox1977
The Morality of Consent by Alexander M. Bickel1976
The appearance of justice by John P. Mackenzie1975
In his own image; the Supreme Court in Richard Nixon's America by James F. Simon1974
Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks and Dossiers by Arthur R. Miller1972
The Self-Inflicted Wound, by Fred P. Graham1971
Justice on trial; the case of Louis D. Brandeis by A. L. Todd1965
The Man Who Rode the Tiger: The Life and Times of Judge Samuel Seabury by Herbert Mitgang1964

Certificate of Merit 6

Honorable Mention 7

Finalist 49

The Constitution in Jeopardy: An Unprecedented Effort to Rewrite Our Fundamental Law and What We Can Do About It by Russ FeingoldBooks2023
G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly GageBooks2023
Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America by Dahlia LithwickBooks2023
Allow Me To Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution by Elie MystalBooks2023
Tyrants on Twitter: Protecting Democracies from Information Warfare (Stanford Studies in Law and Politics) by David L. SlossBooks2023
Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia by Kris MaherBooks2022
Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation by Martha C. NussbaumBooks2022
The Accidental History of the U.S. Immigration Courts: War, Fear, and the Roots of Dysfunction by Alison PeckBooks2022
The Behavioral Code: The Hidden Ways the Law Makes Us Better or Worse by Benjamin van RooijBooks2022
Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice by Yusef SalaamBooks2022
The Sporting House Killing: A Gilded Age Legal Thriller by G. Reading PowellDrama & Literature2022
Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam CohenBooks2021
Cyber Privacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care by April Falcon DossBooks2021
On Treason: A Citizen's Guide to the Law by Carlton F. W. LarsonBooks2021
Separated: Inside an American Tragedy by Jacob SoboroffBooks2021
Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin2021
Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry HawesBooks2020
A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantanamo by Peter Jan HonigsbergBooks2020
The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution by Carlton F. W. LarsonBooks2020
Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety by Timothy D. LyttonBooks2020
No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise SnyderBooks2020
Just Mercy by Destin Daniel CrettonDrama & Literature2020
Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition by W. Fitzhugh BrundageBooks2019
Prosecuting the President: How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law by Andrew CoanBooks2019
Metamorphosis: How to Transform Punishment in America by Robert A. FergusonBooks2019
We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam WinklerBooks2019
RBG [2018 film] by Julie CohenDocumentaries2019
I Am Evidence by Trish AdlesicDocumentaries2019
Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America by Peter EdelmanBooks2018
The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives by Jesse EisingerBooks2018
An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth RosenthalBooks2018
Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay by Amanda L. TylerBooks2018
And Then They Came for Us by Abby GinzbergDocumentaries2018
Birthright: A War Story by Civia TamarkinDocumentaries2018
Marshall [2017 film] by Reginald HudlinDrama & Literature2018
Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam CohenBooks2017
Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s by Risa GoluboffBooks2017
The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution by Michael J. KlarmanBooks2017
Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution by Laurence Tribe2015
States of Union: Family and Change in the American Constitutional Order (Constitutional Thinking) by Mark E. Brandon2014
The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution by Marcia Coyle2014
American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution by Garrett Epps2014
A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America by Evan J. Mandery2014
Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong by Raymond Bonner2013
The Wrong Man by David Ellis2013
From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage by Michael J. Klarman2013
Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail by Jay Erskine Leutze2013
Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur's Justice, and Command Accountability (Modern War Studies) by Allan A. Ryan2013
The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr by Ken Gormley2011


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