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Throughout her career, Lisa has focused on the intersection of law and journalism.
Lisa spent a decade with CBC Radio & Television in a wide range of journalistic roles. After attaining an LLB from Dalhousie Law School, Lisa returned to CBC, where she was a network justice and legal affairs specialist as well as co-creator and host of two nationally-broadcast series.
She practiced law with a leading civil litigation firm in Nova Scotia before returning to law school to pursue a Master of Laws from Schulich School of Law. Her journalism has been recognized by the Gemini Awards, the Atlantic Journalism Awards and the B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Awards. While attending law school, Lisa co-produced an independent documentary that won the “Best Documentary – Short Subject” and “Best of Festival” awards at the Yorkton Film Festival.
Lisa previously lectured at King’s College School of Journalism and Mount Saint Vincent University, both in Halifax. More recently, she returned to King’s College as an adjunct professor in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Graduate Studies to develop and teach a new course on digital mobile reporting tools as part of King’s Master of Journalism degree. She also regularly leads professional development workshops at CBC locations across Canada.
In 2015, Lisa received the Faculty of Communication and Design’s Dean’s Teaching Award, and was the co-recipient of a grant from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to develop a series of open-source, online learning modules.
Lisa is a Senior Fellow with the Centre for Free Expression, a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics advisory committee and the Canadian Centre for Court Technology’s Intellaction Working Group. Lisa is a former member of the national board of directors of LEAF (the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund), a national charitable organization that works toward ensuring the law guarantees substantive equality for all women in Canada.
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
- 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
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
International Association for Media and Communication Research
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
JRN 103 – Introduction to Journalism
JRN 105 – Multimedia News Reporting
JRN840 – Journalism Capstone Project
JN8107 – Standards of Journalists’ Care