Sponsored by the Law Society of British Columbia, the 2013 Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism has been given to Peter McKnight of the Vancouver Sun.
McKnight won for his series Neurolaw documenting the growing scientific field of neuroscience and its impact on criminal law.
The Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism recognizes a journalist or a team of journalists for a story or a series of stories about a legal issue, the legal profession or the administration of justice in BC. The winner is chosen by an independent panel of current and former journalists and other members of the community.
In addition to its involvement with the Jack Webster Awards, the Law Society also partners with the Jack Webster Foundation for its annual Law and the Media Workshop. Jack Webster was one of the original members of the public to help regulate the legal profession when, in 1988, he was appointed by the provincial government to serve on the Law Society’s board of governors.