David E. Kelley pushes writers to focus on work that "Matters" at the Variety Showrunners Dinner

As he acknowledged the 2022 Creative Conscience Award proffered by A+E Studios Thursday night.

David E. Kelley urged his fellow show's creators.

And TV writers must be mindful of the platform that television offers to reach a large audience.

 Kelley was honoured for his half a century professional life of socially aware work.

which has included series such as "The Practice," "Boston Public," "Boston 

Legal," "Ally McBeal," "Doogie Howser, M.D.," 

Big Little Lies," "Nine Perfect Strangers," and "Big Sky," among others.

"If our work makes a difference even a little bit," Kelley explained.