In Brief

Award for legal journalism
Judicial appointments
Law Foundation graduate fellowships

Award for legal journalism

Peter McKnight is the winner of this year’s Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism.

McKnight is a former lawyer and parole officer. He is currently a columnist with the Vancouver Sun, a member of that newspaper’s editorial team, and an adjunct professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University.

His winning article, “Governing through crime,” explored how new federal crime legislation could limit Canadians’ freedom from government intervention. McKnight also received the award in 2007.

The Law Society sponsors the award, which honours journalists for stories about legal issues, the administration of justice or the legal profession in BC. It does not play a role in the adjudication.

Judicial appointments

The Honourable Brian D. MacKenzie, a Judge of the Provincial Court of BC in Victoria, has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC in Nanaimo. He replaces Mr. Justice A.F. Wilson who resigned in January 2009.

The Honourable Anthony J. Saunders, formerly a partner with Guild Yule LLP in Vancouver, has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of BC. He replaces Mr. Justice I.C. Meiklem, who elected to become supernumerary judge as of December 2008.

Law Foundation graduate fellowships

Value: Up to five (awards of $13,750 each (subject to change).

Closing date: January 8, 2010.

Field of study / eligibility: Full-time graduate studies in law or a law-related area. Applicants must either be residents of BC; graduates of a BC law school; or members of the provincial Bar.

Where tenable: Recognized universities in Canada, the U.S. or abroad. Note: The Fellowship is not available for the graduate programs of the Faculties of Law at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria; the Law Foundation makes separate grants to the Graduate Fellowship programs at these universities.

Applications: Visit www.lawfoundationbc.org or contact the Law Foundation at 1340 – 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3 / Tel. 604-688-2337 / Email lfbc@tlfbc.org for an application form or further information.