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State Bar of Texas seeks entries for 2017 Texas Gavel Awards

The State Bar of Texas is seeking submissions for its 2017 Texas Gavel Awards which honor outstanding journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system.

Entries published or broadcast during the 2016 calendar year will be accepted for print, broadcast, and online categories until 5 p.m. on April 3.

Unlike many awards contests, there is no entry fee.

The awards will be presented at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual conference in Austin on Sept. 14.

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

The State Bar has created an online entry form to aid in the submission process.

To view eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, and submit an entry, visit

Questions?  Contact the State Bar’s Amy Starnes at (512) 427-1706 or

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