A journalist since 1999, Lawrence Hurley has spent most of his career covering legal affairs in Washington with a focus on the Supreme Court. He has covered all the major legal battles in recent years on issues like abortion, gun rights and religion while also chronicling judicial nominations and the court’s shift to the right. Now at NBC News, Hurley spent almost a decade at Reuters, where he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for “Shielded,” a series showing how the legal doctrine of qualified immunity — shaped by the Supreme Court — protects cops facing excessive force claims. Before joining Reuters in 2013, Hurley worked for Greenwire, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the (Baltimore) Daily Record. He began his career working for local newspapers in the United Kingdom. He graduated with honors from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1998.