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Shielded won the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award!

I am over the moon that my book, Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable, has won the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel award.

The award is meant to recognize works “exemplary in fostering the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system,” and that is just what I aimed to do with Shielded - explain the many legal & bureaucratic barriers that make it so difficult for people wronged by police to get justice in the courts.

I describe these barriers and their impact through the stories of people whose lives were upended by police misconduct and then upended again by the courts. Learn about them on my website here, or in interviews I did on Fresh Air and Strict Scrutiny - or, heck, just get the book at

The other amazing finalists for this award illuminate the criminal legal system, the Supreme Court’s shadow docket, campaign $, free speech, FDR’s Supreme Court, and the Espionage Act - you should read them all too. I am honored to be in their company. And thanks to the ABA for this award! 

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