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‘Evicted’ gets props from ABA

A book that follows eight Milwaukee families and their struggle with eviction has won an award from the American Bar Association.

“Evicted” is the winner of the ABA’s Silver Gavel award in books, the association announced Wednesday. It was one of four works the ABA is recognizing through its 2016 Silver Gavel Awards for the Media and the Arts for fostering the public’s understanding of the legal system. The association received 158 entries for nine different categories, including radio, television and documentaries.

ABA President Linda Klein will recognize the winners, as well as works that garnered an honorable mention, on July 18 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“Evicted” has won various awards, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

The book was written by the Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond, who earned his master’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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