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For his multimedia exhibit, “Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces that Changed a Nation,” Steven P. Brown, professor of political science, is one of 23 finalists for the American Bar Association's highest award for public education about law.

The American Bar Association recently announced the finalists, from over 185 entries, for the 2020 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. 

“There were many excellent entries submitted, and the ABA Gavel Awards Screening Committee had a difficult task in selecting these finalists,” said Sharon Stern Gerstman, chair of the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards. “We congratulate these finalists and look forward to choosing awardees from this very select group.”

The Silver Gavel Awards have been presented each year since 1958. Eligible categories include books, commentaries, documentaries, drama and literature, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, radio and television. ABA President Judy Perry Martinez will present Silver Gavels and Honorable Mentions on July 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

To learn more about the Silver Gavel Awards, go to