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== Welcome to the Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association Website ==
 
== Welcome to the Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association Website ==
  
[[Image:Kozak, Fred.jpg|thumb|left|<center>[[Kozak, Fred|Fred Kozak, President]]</center>]]
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[[Image:DanielBurnett.jpg|thumb|left|<center>[[Burnett, Daniel|Daniel Burnett, President]]</center>]]
  
The Canadian Media Lawyers Association (Ad IDEM) was created by a small group of dedicated lawyers more than 14 years ago. Throughout its existence, its members have collaborated to expand defamation defences, protect journalists and their sources, facilitate meaningful media access to government, and foster an open and accountable justice system. Our membership has continued to grow, our governing structure has evolved and our website has become a more functional and interactive resource. As an organization, CMLA continues to play an important advocacy role for the rights of the press and the public to freedom of expression, and to ensure that the Canadian justice system is transparent. That ongoing commitment has been demonstrated by our intervention in several important media cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, ensuring that free expression interests have a voice that reflects a broad spectrum of media perspectives.
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The Canadian Media Lawyers Association (Ad IDEM) educates and advocates on issues of openness and free expression in media. In addition to our annual conference, where most of Canada's media lawyers keep abreast of developments in media law, we have now intervened eleven times in Supreme Court of Canada appeals ranging from defamation to openness of the courts, and have made submissions on draft legislation affecting media.  We have organized events bringing together different groups with an interest in free expression.  
  
Ad IDEM hosts an annual conference at which recent developments in the law from Canada and from around the world are reviewed and analyzed. This year, our conference will be held on November 4th and 5th in Montreal. Information and registration details can be found in “Upcoming Events” as the date approaches.
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During the 15 years since the organization began around a boardoom table in Toronto, it has grown to the point that its annual conference draws in the range of 100 attendees, representing media lawyers from across the country. Many of our members have been at the leading edge of the most important media law developments since the introduction of the Charter of Rights in Canada. The resources we provide on this website, including case summaries and articles, are valuable to lawyers as well as journalists and students.
  
CMLA also fosters relationships with colleagues in the United States and other common law countries to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about emerging legal and political issues touching on the news media.
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As a way of raising awareness of openness and expression issues, we encourage everyone to explore this site, follow our twitter feed @CanMediaLawyers,  and if you are a lawyer who principally defends media, contact us to become a member where you can benefit from our Members Area resources and conference.  The next one is November 2-3, 2012 in Toronto.
  
We encourage you to explore our website, and to get in touch with us with questions, comments, or suggestions.
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Dan Burnett
 
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Fred Kozak
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''CMLA President''

Revision as of 20:01, 16 November 2011

Welcome to the Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association Website

The Canadian Media Lawyers Association (Ad IDEM) educates and advocates on issues of openness and free expression in media. In addition to our annual conference, where most of Canada's media lawyers keep abreast of developments in media law, we have now intervened eleven times in Supreme Court of Canada appeals ranging from defamation to openness of the courts, and have made submissions on draft legislation affecting media. We have organized events bringing together different groups with an interest in free expression.

During the 15 years since the organization began around a boardoom table in Toronto, it has grown to the point that its annual conference draws in the range of 100 attendees, representing media lawyers from across the country. Many of our members have been at the leading edge of the most important media law developments since the introduction of the Charter of Rights in Canada. The resources we provide on this website, including case summaries and articles, are valuable to lawyers as well as journalists and students.

As a way of raising awareness of openness and expression issues, we encourage everyone to explore this site, follow our twitter feed @CanMediaLawyers, and if you are a lawyer who principally defends media, contact us to become a member where you can benefit from our Members Area resources and conference. The next one is November 2-3, 2012 in Toronto.

Dan Burnett

CMLA President

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