The Law Society congratulates CTV British Columbia, winner of the 2008 Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism.

 
First Vice-President Gordon Turriff, QC (third from right) with the winners of the Law Society Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism. From left: CTV BC’s Jina You, Kate Corcoran, St. John Alexander, Dag Sharman and Lisa Rossington. Not pictured: Janet Dirks.

The award, sponsored by the Law Society, is presented to a journalist or a team of journalists for a story about legal issues, the administration of justice or the legal profession. CTV BC was honoured for their team coverage of the verdict in Robert (William) Pickton’s trial.

Other finalists include Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun for her story on serious flaws in terrorist financing laws and Peter McKnight of the Vancouver Sun for a series of columns on legal issues.

The Law Society has sponsored the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism since 2000. Jack Webster, a renowned BC journalist, along with UBC professor Dr. Anne Autor, became the Law Society’s first Lay Benchers in 1988.

Founded in 1986, the Jack Webster Foundation carries on Webster’s legacy by promoting and recognizing the achievements of BC reporters with the Jack Webster Awards.