March 28, 2018
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706

Deadline for 2018 Texas Gavel Awards entries on Friday

AUSTIN — Submissions are sought for the 2018 Texas Gavel Awards, which honor outstanding journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system.

Entries published or broadcast during the 2017 calendar year are being accepted for print, broadcast, and online categories until 5 p.m. Friday, March 30. There is no entry fee.

The awards will be presented at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual conference on September 21.

Texas Gavel Awards recognize excellence in journalism that educates the public about the rule of law, the legal profession, and the judicial branch of government; and discloses practices or procedures needing correction to improve the practice of law, the courts, or the justice system.

The Texas Gavel Awards program is coordinated by the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee, and entries are judged by an independent panel.

The State Bar of Texas has created an online entry form to aid in the submission process. To view eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, and submit an entry, visit

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