Caitlin Pakosh winner of 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize

  • August 18, 2017

TORONTO - The Foundation for Legal Research has awarded the 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize to Caitlin Pakosh, senior staff lawyer at Innocence Canada, for the book The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences, published in 2016 by Irwin Law.

Inspired, conceived, and edited by Ms. Pakosh, The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences offers a comprehensive examination of issues — specific to the legal system — affecting forensic sciences in Canada today.


“Incontestably, this text has become the seminal introductory treatment of the principal forensic sciences; invaluably serving those committed to life in the law either above, or in, the well of a court — both criminal and civil.”

-David C. Day, Q.C., member of the selection committee

Quick facts:

  • The book is authored by 34 Canadian experts (including Caitlin Pakosh).
  • The Walter Owen Book Prize is designed to recognize excellent legal writing and to reward outstanding new Canadian projects that enhance the quality of legal research in this country. The $10,000 prize is funded by the Foundation for Legal Research.
  • The prize alternates each year between works written in French and English. This year the prize is presented for a book written in English. Seventeen books were nominated, and five were short-listed.
  • The prize will be officially presented in Montreal on August 17, 2017 at the President’s Dinner during the Canadian Bar Association Annual Meeting.

Related items:

Biography of  Caitlin Pakosh
Overview of book (available in English only)

Related links:

The Walter Owen Book Prize
The Canadian Bar Association  
The Foundation for Legal Research