JURIST Supported by the University of Pittsburgh


Current and former student editors and staff describe what JURIST means to them.

Andrew L. Gilmore, Esq. - Pitt Law 2010 and former Section Head

Having lived much of my life in Massachusetts, when people hear that I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, they almost always ask me "Why Pitt Law?" Invariably, my answer is "JURIST." When I was considering law schools, JURIST was the one thing that set Pitt Law apart from other institutions. JURIST was the reason I chose to attend Pitt Law, and JURIST's unique place as a highly-respected, student-run resource for legal news and analysis made my law school experience truly excellent, and has greatly contributed to the legal professional I have become.

Now, we have the opportunity to help other law students and legal professionals achieve the same benefits and development by supporting JURIST with a financial contribution during this fundraising drive.

As a JURIST staffer, I was writing multiple weekly articles on developing legal issues one month into my first year of law school. With the exception of my fellow first-year JURIST staffers, no other students in my class were writing published articles of any kind. Certainly none of them were writing articles that were read by a worldwide audience, including politicians, policy makers and legal scholars. While my involvement with JURIST certainly improved my writing and my ability to grasp complex legal concepts, it also provided additional context for the material I studied, not only in my first year, but throughout my law school career. JURIST encouraged me to think critically about my legal studies by allowing me to make connections between casebook material and current legal developments, giving me an advantage that my fellow law students simply did not have.

As a second and third year law student, my responsibilities at JURIST allowed me to gain perspectives on developing legal issues that I could not have gotten anywhere else. One particular example was my coverage of the Pakistani lawyers' movement and the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf in 2008. While writing numerous articles on this complex issue that had serious political and military implications for the entire world, I was fortunate to work closely with primary sources and Pakistani contacts intimately involved in the movement. I gained valuable experience working with rapidly developing facts and circumstances in a high-pressure situation, and translating those complicated details into clear, concise summaries accessible to a broad audience. Even now, I rely heavily on these skills on a daily basis. Without a doubt, I would not be the legal professional I am today without JURIST.

The fact that so many legal scholars, professionals and policy-makers rely on JURIST for unvarnished legal news and insightful analysis on topics that simply aren't covered by other news organizations makes it an organization worthy of your support. But that isn't the main reason you should contribute to JURIST. You should support JURIST so it can continue to be an institution that helps prepare law students for the increasingly complex and interrelated global political and economic community we live in. Your support for JURIST will directly result in better legal professionals and scholars who are aware of the many issues that affect our world today, and who have the skills and experience to successfully confront these challenges head-on.

Please consider making a donation to JURIST, and join me in helping to preserve access to this valuable resource for legal news and analysis.

Andrew L. Gilmore, Esq.
Pitt Law 2010

Fall 2013
Fundraising Drive
    I love being a member of JURIST. ... JURIST provides a platform not just for providing legal news, but also for allowing people to participate, oftentimes for the first time, in the discussion that shapes the world in which we live.  [ more ]
    Leigh Argentieri
    Senior Editor
    Every day we are bombarded with news stories that are based on misinformation. These stories confuse the facts and often times have strong biases. Unfortunately, legal news is no stranger to this kind of reporting. ... JURIST seeks to address the problems with traditional media. ... JURIST focuses on the facts and does not rely upon personal biases.  [ more ]
    Lizzy Imbarlina
    Student Commentary Section Head
    The law has a nasty reputation for being obtuse, complicated, and -- worst of all -- dull. I think that people often don't engage with legal journalism because of an assumption that they either won't understand what's being discussed or, worse, they can't see how the law is applicable in their lives. Piercing that assumption is what we do best at JURIST.  [ more ]
    Clay Flaherty
    Managing Editor
    In a legal industry still on the learning curve of today's information age, JURIST brings a more than decade-long track record of harnessing legal information and making it available to JURIST's users in a real-time format and in its native state. And JURIST offers this as a public service, collecting, explaining and offering legal news in an open and ad-free format.  [ more ]
    Chris Buell, Esq.
    Board Member and Student Editor 2003-2006
    As a former law student volunteer, I can tell you that an impressive amount of hard work and professionalism goes into making JURIST run at peak level, 365 days a year. Behind that drive is a deep commitment to serving the public and putting the law within everyone's reach. JURIST also needs financing to continue the hard work and to keep the website free to the public.  [ more ]
    Andrea Branson, Esq.
    Pitt Law 2012 and former Senior Editor
    JURIST documents current legal news of substantive importance in order to make it readily available to others, with no barriers, no subscriptions, no fees and no advertisements. A dedicated team comprised largely of volunteers makes this possible. They work hard to research and document legal developments because they believe access to legal knowledge is empowering. ... If you have benefited from JURIST or see the value in the service it provides, please consider making a donation.  [ more ]
    Megan McKee
    Pitt Law 2012 and former Student Commentary Section Head
    JURIST offers something more - relevant primary source documents right at your fingertips. . . . That skilled researchers with an array of language skills, specializations and research prowess provide free access to documents and news that is crucial to a quickly developing international legal environment is an extraordinary privilege. In order for JURIST to grow and continue to provide our readers a wealth of information, we ask for your assistance.  [ more ]
    Maureen Cosgrove
    Development Coordinator and Senior Editor
    Without grades or pay, one may wonder why a law student would give themselves extra work each week. For me, it is because I feel a sense of pride knowing that my peers and academic professionals can see the work that I have done. ... [S]upporting JURIST is not just supporting a publication. It is supporting students, full-time staff, and dedicated professor volunteers.  [ more ]
    Kimberly Bennett
    Senior Editor and President of JURIST Student Association
    I went to law school to ensure that every person I come in contact with cannot ignore the world around them simply through a lack of understanding of legal rhetoric. JURIST is one of the most effective tools in the world for combatting ignorance of law. I am proud to write and edit for it.  [ more ]
    Julia Zebley
    Editorial Coordinator
    JURIST's aim is to promote justice, nationally and internationally, by directing its readers' attention to the most important legal stories of the day. JURIST doesn't talk down to its readers. ... We assume that our readers are not only capable of understanding those documents, but have the desire to do so.  [ more ]
    Joshua M. Pantesco
    Member, Board of Directors
    I know that our readers appreciate the quality and timeliness of JURIST's reporting, the breadth of resources that JURIST makes available, and JURIST's willingness to cover stories based on their newsworthiness, rather than their sensational value. ... JURIST has proven itself as an institution that makes a difference - both in the educational benefit derived by our student editors, and by helping to shine a spotlight on important legal issues around the world.  [ more ]
    Jeannie Shawl
    Member, Board of Directors
    [JURIST] allows me to see firsthand how legal arguments and decisions can affect people throughout the world. ... It has been a great tool for me to both sharpen my writing skills and learn a lot about the legal process. I think it is a great way to take what we are learning in our classes and see it applied in real world situations.  [ more ]
    Jaimie Cremeans
    Senior Editor
    JURIST also presents a unique opportunity to give back, to be a creator and editor in addition to being a mere consumer. JURIST allows me to make a tangible investment in the daily delivery of legal news, while working to build and hone a skill set of researching and writing that I can use for my entire legal career.  [ more ]
    Dan Taglioli
    Chief of Staff
    I was driven to go to law school out of an academic fascination with the law and out of a desire to learn something which I could use to make a positive impact on society. JURIST has helped me to fulfill both of these goals right from the beginning of my law school career to a degree that no other student organization could. ... When you give to JURIST, you are not only providing an exciting opportunity for law students, but also a kind of public news outlet that might not otherwise exist.  [ more ]
    Caleb Pittman
    Academic Commentary Section Head
    If you've ever found yourself bemoaning the depth and accuracy of your channel's coverage, you should be reading JURIST. ... Your donation will support JURIST in fulfilling its valuable academic, professional and civic mission. ... Perhaps most importantly, it will help the public at large, those outside of the legal community, to make informed decisions about legally related news that so often gets short shrift in major media outlets.  [ more ]
    Andrew Morgan, Esq.
    Pitt Law 2011 and Executive Director
    JURIST serves as both a professional legal publication and an excellent vehicle for legal education for its readers and staffers. . . . JURIST [is] one of the most innovative and valuable publications in the legal field right now.   [ more ]
    Dwyer Arce
    Pitt Law 2012 and former Managing Editor
    Without a doubt, I would not be the legal professional I am today without JURIST. The fact that so many legal scholars, professionals and policy-makers rely on JURIST for unvarnished legal news and insightful analysis on topics that simply aren't covered by other news organizations makes it an organization worthy of your support.  [ more ]
    Andrew L. Gilmore, Esq.
    Pitt Law 2010 and former Section Head
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