Texas Gavel Awards recipients announced

The State Bar of Texas today announced recipients of the 2012 Texas Gavel Awards to honor journalistic excellence in legal reporting. The following reporters will be presented with an award on August 10 at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas annual conference in Austin:

  • Jordan Smith, The Austin Chronicle, “The Science of Injustice”
  • Kevin Krause and Ed Timms, The Dallas Morning News, “Bail Bondsmen: Working the Numbers”
  • Jeff Prince, Fort Worth Weekly, “The Power of Alienation”
  • Mandy Oaklander, Houston Press, “Life Without Parole”
  • Andrew Horansky, KVUE-TV, “Criminalizing Kids”
  • Cindy V. Culp, Waco Tribune-Herald, “Perils and Pitfalls in the Pursuit of Innocence”

The Texas Gavel Awards are sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee and judged by an independent panel that includes out-of-state editors and legal reporting experts.

Journalists play an important role in educating the public about the legal system and the Texas Gavel Awards honor those efforts.

Texas Gavel Awards 2012 call for entries

The Texas Gavel Awards are presented by the State Bar of Texas to recognize journalistic excellence that:

  • Fosters public understanding of the legal system
  • Educates the public about the law, the legal profession, and the judicial branch of government
  • Discloses practices or procedures needing correction in order to improve the practice of law, courts, or justice system

The entry deadline for work produced in 2011 is April 2, 2012. The entry deadline for work produced in 2011 is April 2, 2012. Download the entry form [PDF].

Winners will be recognized at the annual Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (FOIFT) conference on August 10 in Austin.

2011 Gavel Award recipients announced

The State Bar of Texas today announced recipients of the 2011 Texas Gavel Awards honoring journalistic excellence that helps foster public understanding of the legal system.

Awards will be presented Friday, August 12, at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (FOIFT) annual conference in Austin. Read the press release for full details and a list of the recipients.