Media law workshop 2003

The Law Society of BC and the Jack Webster Foundation teamed up on November 5 for their annual media law workshop, held at the Law Courts Inn in Vancouver.

The workshop briefed reporters, editors and news directors on techniques in covering legal stories and the state of the law on the difficult issues that directly affect the media.Leadinglawyers and journalists offered insights on researching court files, the law on confidential media sources and an update on defamation law.

Presenters and panellists were: Rick Ouston, Convergence Editor, Vancouver Sun; lawyer David Sutherland, of Sutherland and Associates in Vancouver, counsel for the BC and Yukon Community Newspapers Association; Patrick Nagle, former City Editor of the Vancouver Sun, Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Law Society Lay Bencher; Nick Russell, former head of the VCC journalism program and retired professor of journalism at the University of Regina and lawyer Robert Breivik, of Breivik and Co., counsel for Stockwatch magazine in Vancouver.

Also late last year, Vancouver Sun reporter Kim Bolan received the 2003 Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism for her coverage of the Air India investigation and trial. The award is sponsored by the Law Society. Tom Woods of Lawson Lundell and Marvin Storrow, QC of Blake, Cassels & Graydon were Award judges in 2003.