Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Reporters, lawyers, judges, police to meet

Peninsula reporters, lawyers, judges and police are invited to a special meeting next Wednesday (April 18) at 6 p.m. at Vic's Restaurant, 1125 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos.

The purpose is to discuss news coverage of the legal system and create smoother working arrangements among the bench, bar, law enforcement and media agencies. The Peninsula Press Club has been organizing such Bench Bar Media meetings since the 1960s. There's only one ground rule -- In order to allow everyone to speak freely, the meeting is off the record. But reporters are free afterward to ask on-the-record questions of participants about what they heard.

The speaker will be San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp, who will discuss California's Public Records Act (which he helped write as a state senator) and the recent CalAware audit of its application by local law enforcement agencies.

If you cannot attend, please send someone else from your organization. RSVP to Michelle Carter at The cost of the dinner is $20.

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