Baylor Law School is a proud co-sponsor of the American Bar Association’s 2014 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts. The awards ceremony took place July 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Representing Baylor at the event was the Hon. William Sessions (JD ’58), former director of the FBI, and former U.S. Congressman from Texas and Baylor University W.R. Poage Distinguished Chair for Public Service, Chet Edwards.
The Silver Gavel Awards, now in their 57th year, recognizes outstanding efforts by the media and arts to foster public understanding of law. This year’s featured speaker was Dahlia Lithwick, a senior editor for the online news site, Slate.
"It is an honor for Baylor Law School to be a co-sponsor of this event," said Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben. "For decades the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Awards have recognized books, investigative journalism series, films such as 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' and documentaries that expose the public to the workings—both good and bad—of the American justice system. The winners of these awards have used their various media platforms to keep the American public from becoming complacent about injustice."
The Gavel Awards are extremely selective, with the standing committee selecting only six winners this year:
David Swenson, the George G. Kelly Professor of Law at Baylor Law School, is a member of the Silver Gavel’s screening committee, which helps the standing committee select the winners.