News Release
March 29, 2016

Vancouver – The Law Society and the Jack Webster Foundation present Judging the Journalist, the 2016 Law and the Media workshop.

The workshop will examine a fictional scenario that involves an investigative story under scrutiny by a judge. With bumps and legal twists, the seminar will explore the responsible communication defence and determine how the journalist’s story fares under cross examination.

Meet our panellists:

David Beers, founding editor, The Tyee

Dan Burnett, media lawyer, Owen Bird Law Corporation 

Kathy Tomlinson, investigative reporter, The Globe and Mail

David Sutherland, media lawyer, David F. Sutherland Law Corporation

The annual Law and the Media Workshop offers an opportunity for journalists to refresh and enhance their knowledge of the laws around reporting and journalism.

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Doors open: 6 pm (pizza available)
Workshop: 6:30 pm
Location: Law Society of BC, 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver (2nd floor)

Admission is free, however, space is limited. Register now with your name, contact information and media organization to the Jack Webster Foundation at 604.261.6184 or

The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the more than 11,000 practising lawyers in the province, setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct that ensure the public is well-served by a competent, honourable legal profession.


For further information contact:

Vinnie Yuen
Communications Officer

David Jordan
Communications Officer