group article Common Good's First Annual Gatekeeper Awards The awards highlight the often overlooked role of judges in determining who can sue for what. In todays legal climate, not enough judges are acting as gatekeepers. Anyone can sue for almost anything. Legal fear is transforming America from a can-do nation into one where people are nervous about even ordinary daily activities. The Gatekeeper Awards honor judges whose decisions restore public confidence that reasonable actions will be supported by the courts, even when they result in unintended consequences.