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February 12, 2020
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or 512-427-1706


Deadline to enter 2020 Texas Gavel Awards approaching

AUSTIN — Submissions are sought for the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards, which honor outstanding journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system.

Entries published or broadcast during the 2019 calendar year are being accepted for print, broadcast, and online categories until 5 p.m. Friday, February 28. There is no entry fee.
The awards will be presented at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual conference in September.

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 and sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee. An independent panel of journalism professionals will judge the entries.

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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