Staff


Student Staff | Professional Staff | Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

JURIST is a public service project powered by over 80 law students at 41 law schools across six continents working under the guidance of professional staff and academic leadership based in Pittsburgh PA, USA.

JURIST’s North American staff in the United States and Canada are law students at:

JURIST’s South American staff in Peru are law students at:

JURIST’s European staff are law students at:

JURIST’s Student Leadership Team is composed of experienced student staffers who take leading roles in managing and writing JURIST.

Deputy Executive Editors

JURIST’s Deputy Executive Editors are Katherine Gemmingen and Akshita Tiwary. Katherine is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US). Akshita is a fifth-year law student at Government Law College, Mumbai (IN).

Managing Editors

JURIST’s News Managing Editor is Hannah Brem. She is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

JURIST’s Deputy News Managing Editor is Sarah Kimball Stephenson. She is a 3L at Fordham University School of Law (US).

JURIST’s Commentary Managing Editors are Hayley Behal and Rebekah Yeager-Malkin. Hayley and Rebekah are 2Ls at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

JURIST’s Social Media Managing Editor is Robert Kaufman. He is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Deputy Features Editor

JURIST’s Deputy Features Editor is Jaimee Francis. She is a 2L at Boston University School of Law (US).

Deputy Dispatches Editor

JURIST’s Deputy Dispatches Editor is Sambhav Sharma. He is a fifth-year law student at Amity Law School, Delhi (IN).

Bureau Chiefs

JURIST’s South Asia Bureau Chief is Anushka Sahay. She is a fifth-year law student at National Law University, Delhi (IN).

JURIST’s Australia/New Zealand Bureau Chief is Nadia Murray-Ragg. She is a fourth-year law student at Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law (NZ).

JURIST’s UK Bureau Chief is Aimee Woodmass. She is a second-year law student at Newcastle Law School (GB).

JURIST’s US Bureau Chief is Lauren Ban. She is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

JURIST’s Deputy US Bureau Chief is Tamia Perez. She is a 3L at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Law (US).

Senior Editors

JURIST’s Senior News editor is Shifa Qureshi. She is a fourth-year law student at Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University (IN).

Community Engagement Coordinator

JURIST’s Community Engagement Coordinator is Heidi J. T. Exner. She is a 3L at the University of Calgary Law School (CA).

 

Correspondents

JURIST Staff Correspondents file exclusive first-hand reports from locations around the world.

Afghanistan

JURIST has a number of law student correspondents filing regularly from Afghanistan. Due to security concerns under the Taliban government we cannot reveal their names or their law school affiliations.

Australia

Hazel Alagappan is a second-year law student at the University of Notre Dame School of Law.

Bangladesh

Muhammad Rayhan Ahmed is a student at the University of Dhaka Faculty of Law.

Belarus

Ulyana Belaya is a student at the European Humanities University.

Canada

Melanie Cantin is a 2L at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

European Union

Chief Correspondent Ciara Dinneny is a trainee at the Law Society of Ireland.

Samuel Kempinger is a student at the University of Augsburg Faculty of Law (DE) and an LLM student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Luisa Gambs is a student at the University of Augsburg Faculty of Law (DE) and an LLM student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

India

Vedika Chawla is a second-year student at Jindal Global Law School.

Nakul Rai Khurana is a second-year student student at Jindal Global Law School.

Apoorv Vats is a second-year student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Rishabh Yadav is a first-year post-graduate student at Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi.

Iraq

Gaithe Alwahab

Israel

Yael Iosilevich is a student at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law.

Kenya

Senior Correspondent Aynsley Genga is a third-year law student at the University of Nairobi School of Law (KE).

Myanmar

JURIST has a number of law student correspondents filing regularly from Myanmar. Due to security concerns during the military coup we cannot reveal their names or their law school affiliations.

Nepal

Jony Mainaly

Pakistan

Chief Correspondent Rabia Shuja

Eisha Chaudhry

Seemal Hameed

Sri Lanka

Senior Correspondent Naveera Peerera is a student at CfPS Law School.

Tunisia

Jihene Ferchichi

Ukraine

Senior Correspondent Anna Balabina is a student at Ukrainian Catholic University School of Law.

Senior Correspondent Justin Esiobu is a third year law student at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

United States

Sophia Ochoa is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Justin Lindsay is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Marisa Wright is a student at Harvard Law School.

 

Associate Editors

JURIST’s Associate Editors are experienced anchors, editors, researchers and technical specialists.

Gaurav Gupte is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Elizabeth Haigh is a 1L at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Law (US).

Lou Kettering is a 2L at the University of Pittburgh School of Law (US).

Kashish Khandelwal is a fifth-year law student at National Law University, Delhi (IN).

Demi Kuczala is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Edgar Odongo is a third-year law student at the University of Nairobi School of Law (KE). He is JURIST’s Africa Chief of Staff.

Ananya Upadhya is a third-year law student at National Law University, Delhi (IN).

Shakira Yazdani is JURIST’s Afghanistan Desk Editor. She is currently a student at the University of Calgary Law School (CA).

 

Assistant Editors

JURIST’s Assistant Editors are new anchors, editors, researchers and technical specialists.

Meg Abbott is a third-year law student at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney (AU).

Loice Adwera is a second-year law student at Strathmore Law School (KE).

Ewurabena Agyemfra Boateng is a second-year law student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Faculty of Law (GH).

Lawrence Alado is a third-year law student at the Makerere University School of Law (UG).

Syed Taha Anzar is a second-year law student at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law (GB).

Samara Baboolal is a third-year law student at the University of Nottingham School of Law (GB).

Adebusola Abigail Bada is a second-year law student at Newcastle Law School (GB).

Sharon Basch is a 1L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Sean Beeghly is a 1L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Madeline Bruce is a 1L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Miteau Butskhrikidze is a law student at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (CA).

Raveendri Heshani Chandrasekara Bandara is a final year law student at Sri Lanka Law College (LK).

Audrey Cheng is a 1L at Harvard Law School (US).

Brooke Chmura is a 3L at Vermont Law School (US).

Conor Courtney is a trainee at the Law Society of Ireland.

David DeNotaris is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Elisabeth Driscoll is a first year law student at the University of Bristol Law School (GB).

James Ekin is an MA student at Keele University (GB).

Sarah Ethington is a 3L at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Law (US).

Amora Evans is a first-year student at the University of Reading School of Law (GB).

Niamh Forgie is a third-year law student at the University of Auckland (NZ).

Raghu Gagneja is a third-year law student at Symbiosis Law School (IN).

Sarthak Gupta is a fifth-year law student at the Nirma University Institute of Law, Ahmedabad (IN).

Morgan Hubbard is a 1L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Rida Idris is a third-year law student at Queensland University of Technology (AU).

Natasha Kahungi is a third-year law student at the University of Nairobi School of Law (KE).

Kartik Kalra is a second-year law student at National Law School of India University (IN).

Christine Kamusiime is a third-year law student at the Makerere University School of Law (UG).

Caleb Keraka is a fourth-year law student at the University of Nairobi School of Law (KE).

Olivia Kruger is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Yahng Lan is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

David Lazzam is a 2L at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (CA).

Hani Lee is a 1L at the University of Calgary Law School (CA).

JP Leskovich is a 1L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Sheila Macharia is a third-year law student at the University of Nairobi School of Law (KE).

Manas Mahajan is a second-year law student at National Law University, Delhi (IN).

Arsiya Mahir is a third year law student at APIIT Law School (LK).

Casey McGowan is a 3L at Vermont Law School (US).

Caroline Mercer is a 2L at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (CA).

Anjana Meza is a law student at the Facultad de Derecho PUCP (PE).

Nwe Mon Mon Oo is a law student at Chulalongkorn University (TH).

Victoria Kendi Murumba is a first-year law student at Strathmore Law School (KE).

Mlondolozi Ndlovu is a first-year law student at the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Law (ZW).

Marvin Nuwe Ahareza is a second-year law student at the Makerere University School of Law (UG).

Tania Nzomo is a third-year law student at Strathmore Law School (KE).

Griffins Ogada is a third-year law student at the University of Nairobi School of Law (KE).

Brian Otieno is a finalist at the Kenya School of Law.

Andrew Junho Park is a 2L at Stanford Law School (US).

Connor Patterson is a 1L at the University of Calgary Law School (CA).

Sadiyah Reyal is a third year law student at APIIT Law School (LK).

Aisling Shiels is a trainee at the Law Society of Ireland.

Cynthia Shihemi is a third-year law student at Strathmore Law School (KE).

Patrick Slater is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Samantha Smith is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Cornelius van Haperen is an LLM student at the University of Nottingham School of Law (GB).

Luke Watkins is a 1L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

Marissa Zupancic is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (US).

 

Graduated Staff

Several of JURIST’s recently graduated law student staff are continuing to write and work for JURIST as they begin their legal careers.

Terry Ang is a 2021 graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law (NZ).

Vishwajeet Deshmukh is a 2022 graduate of Government Law College, Mumbai (IN).

Vishwanath Petkar is a 2021 graduate of Paris II Panthéon-Assas University (MU).

Muskan Yadav is a 2021 graduate of Nirma University (IN).

 

Professional Staff

Megan McKee is JURIST’s Executive Director. She holds a BA (hons.) in Hispanic Studies and International Development Studies and an MA in History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Megan was admitted to the practice of law in New York and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, where she was a Flagship Fellow, before coming to JURIST. Since July 2021, Megan has held this position on a pro bono basis
Jaclyn Belczyk is JURIST’s Executive Editor and a Professor of Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. Jaclyn is a 2008 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, from which she holds a JD and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. She also holds a BA in Anthropology and Philosophy and a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ingrid Burke Friedman is JURIST’s Features Editor. A 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, she served as Managing Editor during her 3L year. After graduation, she moved into full-time journalism for several years, and then served with the U.S. Department of State as a Consular Officer. She now divides her time between JURIST and a research fellowship at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies.
Ram Eachambadi is JURIST’s Operations Director. A 2018 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he joined JURIST as a 1L and served as JURIST’s Chief of Staff in his 3L year. He is a member of the New York state bar and is a Certified Public Accountant. From 2018-2021 he was a tax lawyer/accountant with EY; before law school, he worked with Deloitte. He is holding this position on a pro bono basis into 2022.
Joshua Cossin is JURIST’s Special Projects Director. A 2022 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he joined JURIST as a 1L and served as JURIST’s News Managing in his 3L year.

 

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Bernard Hibbitts is JURIST’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief and a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. A Canadian Rhodes Scholar born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he studied law at Oxford University, Dalhousie Law School, the University of Toronto, and finally Harvard Law School (LLM 1988). He is a former law clerk to Justice Gerald LeDain of the Supreme Court of Canada. He created the site that became JURIST in 1996.