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Responsible Journalism: Defamation Law for Editors and Writers

Responsible Journalism: Defamation Law for Editors and Writers

The Fall 2015 Master Class Series

Tyee Master Classes 2015 Proudly Presents Responsible Journalism: Defamation Law for Editors and Writers with Leo McGrady

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.

This class will be filmed, and a recording will be made available for a reduced fee. To access the online recording, email [email protected].

Responsible Journalism: Defamation Law for Editors and Writers
Leo McGrady
December 5, 2015
10:00 am-3:00 pm
The Post at 750, 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Includes coffee and lunch, with reception to follow after 3 p.m
$200 + GST