|For immediate release||November 2, 2010|
Law Society congratulates 2010 Jack Webster Award winners
Vancouver – The Law Society of BC congratulates the winners of the 2010 Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism. The Jack Webster Foundation has selected Louise Dickson, Lindsay Kines and Rob Shaw of the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper for their series “Access Denied,” which chronicled the barriers faced by news media and the public in gaining access to court materials.
The award, which is sponsored by the Law Society of BC, recognizes a journalist or team of journalists for a story about legal issues, the administration of justice or the legal profession in BC. The winning entry is chosen by an independent committee appointed by the Foundation.
The award’s namesake, the late journalist Jack Webster, is the first non-lawyer to be appointed by the provincial government to the Law Society’s board of governors, known as Benchers. The Law Society and the Foundation partner each year to encourage excellence in legal reporting with this award, and an annual Media and Law Workshop for BC journalists.
The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the more than 10,000 lawyers in the province, setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct that ensure the public is well-served by a competent, honourable legal profession.
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