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Responsible Journalism: Defamation Law for Writers and Editors
The Post at 750
Vancouver, BC
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Responsible Journalism: Defamation Law for Writers and Editors
Nothing ruins a person's day like the threat of a libel lawsuit. In this master class, media lawyer Leo McGrady will go over defamation law in Canada, and what you need to know to protect yourself. Learn important defenses for journalists, copyright, fair dealing, as well as legal legislation pertinent to reporters and editors. This class will equip you with the tools necessary to know your rights and the rights of others when it comes to breaking stories and hot headlines.

What will I learn?
This day-long session will cover what defamation is, who can sue and be sued, and what defenses exist for publishers. Case studies will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to talk through scenarios during the class.

Who's it for?
This workshop will cover skills useful to professional and "citizen" journalists, editors, and publishers. All levels of experience are welcome.

What should I bring?
Come ready with questions you might have and anything you need to take notes.

Who is Leo?
Leo McGrady is The Tyee's legal counsel and works at McGrady and Company in Vancouver. The firm specializes in labour law, human rights, class actions, intellectual property, and libel law, all on behalf of unions, media, journalists, and employees.

Leo has argued cases at all levels of Court in British Columbia, Alberta, and the Territories. He has also been counsel on a number of leading labour and charter cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. He taught for several years at the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia, and currently teaches at Capilano University, as well as for the profession through the British Columbia Continuing Legal Education Society.

He has been counsel on a number of leading libel cases. He has regularly advised media and journalists on legal matter throughout his career. He has spoken and published on labour law, media law, human rights, as well as international trade law in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. He is the author of the Guide to the Law of Civil Disobedience in British Columbia 2011, widely used by protesters throughout B.C. and elsewhere in Canada for many years.

Leo is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, the U.S. National Lawyers Guild, and the American Association for Justice. He is also regularly listed by Best Lawyers in Canada, and as a leading counsel in labour and employment law by Lexpert.


The Post at 750 (View)
110-750 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5



Minimum Age: 19
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Tyee
On BPT Since: Aug 27, 2012
Jeanette Ageson

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