The Jeannie Shawl Award is presented annually to the JURIST volunteer law student or students who best demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation, initiative, and selfless dedication to JURIST’s mission. The Award is named for Jeannie Shawl, a member of JURIST’s very first class of law student writers and JURIST’s first-ever Executive Director. Her leadership, initiative, innovative spirit, and selfless dedication transformed JURIST from a limited academic project to an international publisher of legal news and analysis.
The 2021 recipients of the Jeannie Shawl Award are:
Gabby Wast is a second-year student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to law school, Gabby earned a BA in Anthropology from American University and worked in the manufacturing industry. She joined JURIST as an Associate Editor in the Fall of 2019, served as the Senior Social Media Editor the following year, and now serves as JURIST’s first Deputy Executive Editor. In this role, Gabby works closely with the staff between JURIST’s News, Commentary, Features, and Social Media services to expand JURIST’s reach and implement new ideas. Gabby’s favorite part of her time at JURIST has been connecting and collaborating with law students, professors, and practicing lawyers across the globe.
Vishwajeet Deshmukh is a law student at Government Law College, Mumbai, India. He joined JURIST in the summer of 2020 and is currently a judicial intern at the Bombay High Court, Mumbai. He is a recipient of The Tata – 1947 Partition Archive Research Grant 2021 for his research on the 1947 Partition of British India and its impact on minorities. He serves on the editorial board of Bologna Law Review (University of Bologna Italy), and Indian Constitutional Law Review Quarterly. He was a part of the Young Critics Lab Cohort of 2020 at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images Mumbai Film Festival and is trained as a film critic. He is the publisher of the Journal of Intersectional Analysis, established to increase the discussion on “intersectionality” in India. He runs Legal Access, a non-profit organization, which provides legal advice to members from marginalized communities.
Vishwajeet shares that “[m]y experience at JURIST has shaped my understanding of law in a holistic manner. JURIST as an entity has provided a voice of the silenced and marginalized. The power of a platform to stand up for others in dire need, oh! what a courageous deed. Professor Hibbitts continues to inspire me and the organization as a whole! Thank you everyone for opening the doors of JURIST to an international audience.”
JURIST is honored to acknowledge past recipients of the Jeannie Shawl Award.
Erin M. Holliday