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Throughout her career, Lisa has focused on the intersection of law and journalism.
She is a former lawyer and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist who teaches multiplatform journalism and journalism law and ethics.
Her CBC journalism has been recognized by the Gemini Awards, the Atlantic Journalism Awards and the B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Awards. Her independent documentary production work has been recognized by the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival and the Yorkton Film Festival.
She holds both an LLB and an LLM from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where her graduate research focussed on sexual assault complainants who face legal impediments when seeking to speak publicly about their experiences.
Lisa is an accomplished teacher who previously lectured at King’s College School of Journalism and Mount Saint Vincent University, both in Halifax. She regularly leads professional development workshops at CBC locations across Canada. In 2015, Lisa received Faculty of Communication and Design’s Dean’s Teaching Award at Ryerson University.
Lisa’s research interests include state impediments to journalists’ freedom of expression and access to information. She is the co-editor of The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2017), a Senior Fellow with Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression and a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics advisory committee. She is also a member of the Canadian Worlds of Journalism study team, an interdisciplinary group that, together with researchers from 70 countries, regularly assesses the state of journalism throughout the world.
Senior Fellow, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University
Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Canadian Association of Media Defence Lawyers (Ad Idem)
Canadian Association of Journalists
- Publication bans
- Legal and crime reporting
- The representation of feminist perspectives in the media
- Criminal defamatory libel
- Freedom of expression
- The public interest responsible communication defence to defamation
- Press self-regulation
Master of Laws, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 2010
Thesis: The Silenced Sexual Assault Victim: How the Law “Protects” Sexual Assault Complainants from Themselves
LL.B., Weldon Law School, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 2001
JRN 103 – Introduction to Journalism
JRN 105 – Multimedia News Reporting
JRN840 – Journalism Capstone Project
JN8107 – Standards of Journalists’ Care