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'EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM' AWARD PRESENTED BY NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

 ATLANTA, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of 4,000 defense and plaintiff civil jury trial lawyers, announced the winners of its annual "Excellence in Legal Journalism" award at its annual board meeting held earlier this month in Rapid City, S.D.
 The award for first place in the print category was a tie between The Billings Gazette (Billings, Mont.), The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) and The Buffalo News (Buffalo, N.Y). The first place prize for television reporting was granted to WAGA-TV, channel 5 (Atlanta).
 Lorna Thackeray of The Billings Gazette won first prize for her piece, "U.S. Judges Ponder Conflicting Directives." This story was about the conflicts that arise between the judiciary and Congress. She explained how the right of access to federal courts and the principles generated by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are under pressure because of "budget realities." This is the second year that Thackeray impressed the American Board of Trial Advocates, having won the award last year for her series of articles, "Dedication to Law." Mike Kataoka of the Press-Enterprise won for his story, "Jury Duty; Just Like a Root Canal," which concluded, through a series of articles, that despite the obstacles inherent within our democratic justice system, jury service is rewarding and benefits all citizens. Dan Herbeck's (of The Buffalo News) story, "Huge Backlog of Federal Cases Frustrates All Parties Involved," was also a winner of the first place print journalism award. This article presented a disturbing and thought-provoking view of the backlog in the federal courts and concluded that it is almost solely caused by the increased criminal case load.
 Richard Hyde of WAGA-TV, Atlanta was the sole winner of the first place award for television reporting for his story, "Money by Accident." In his story Hyde went undercover for seven months to expose doctors, lawyers and runners defrauding insurance companies with fictitious claims.
 Hundreds of entries were received this year by the American Board of Trial Advocates. The contest and award are intended to reward reporters or networks that excel in educating the public about the civil justice system. The winners will be rewarded a beautiful trophy and check for $850 at a presentation sponsored by the local chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The American Board of Trial Advocates has 81 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
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 /CONTACT: Terri Cohen or Karen Kirk of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, 800-779-5879/


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