The Role of Journalism in the Rule of Law to be focus of Law Society of Alberta's Media and Law Seminar

    EDMONTON, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The role of journalism in the rule of law will
be focus of the Law Society of Alberta's upcoming 2008 Media and the Law
    The 6th annual seminar for the media, legal profession and judiciary will
discuss and debate questions such as: When news of high profile court cases or
legal issues reach the public, is the rule of law being supported or
compromised? Is the public's understanding of the rule of law increased or
affected? How has the rule of law been tested by media in order to meet the
public's need to know?
    The keynote dinner speaker is Rex Murphy, well-known Canadian journalist
and host of CBC Radio's Cross Country Checkup. Master of Ceremonies is Paula
Todd, acclaimed journalist, broadcaster, author, lawyer and investigative
reporter with CTV's W-Five. The seminar will be held at Edmonton's University
of Alberta Lister Centre on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. A
wine and cheese reception and dinner will follow at the Edmonton Jubilee
    Two panelist sessions will address the timely questions Does the Legal
System Straitjacket Full Reporting? and Is the Rule of Law on Trial by the
    "We are very pleased with the calibre of legal and media experts who have
agreed to participate as panelists and commentators," says Perry Mack, QC,
President, Law Society of Alberta.
    Among the 10 panelists confirmed for the seminar are:

    -  Brian Beresh, QC, Alberta criminal defence lawyer;
    -  Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun, well-known for her award-winning coverage of
       the bombing and trials related to Air India Flight 182;
    -  The Honourable Mr. Justice C.S. Brooker, Court of Queen's Bench;
    -  Mona Duckett, QC, Past Law Society of Alberta president and Alberta
    -  Esther Enkin, Executive Editor, CBC News;
    -  Greg Lepp, QC, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Justice;
    -  The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, former Deputy Prime Minister of
       Canada; and
    -  Paula Simons, well-known Edmonton Journal columnist.

    The Law Society of Alberta serves the public interest by promoting a high
standard of legal services and professional conduct through the governance and
regulation of an independent legal profession.
    For more information on or to register, visit

For further information:

For further information: and media accreditation, please contact: Sheila
Serup, Communications Manager, Law Society of Alberta, Phone (403) 229-4744,

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