The Law Society of British Columbia is the regulatory body for the BC legal profession, which ensures the protection of the public interest in the administration of justice. The Benchers govern the work of Law Society in accordance with the Legal Profession Act. The Law Society of B.C. has had a long-standing connection with Jack Webster. In 1988, Jack Webster was appointed the first Lay Bencher of the Law Society of B.C., and served in that role for more than eight years. In 2000, the Law Society endowed a legal award in Jack's name in honour of his contribution to its governance. The Law Society award honours a journalist or team of journalists for a story about legal issues, the administration of justice or the legal profession in B.C.