Staff


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

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


JURIST staff in the United States are law students at:

JURIST staff in the UK  are law students at:

JURIST staff in India are law students at:

Student Staff

Managing Editor

Tim Zubizarreta is JURIST’s Managing Editor. He is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Tim graduated with a BA in History from the George Washington University. He also serves as a writer and editor for JURIST’s Legal News service and an editor for JURIST’s Commentary service.

Chief of Staff

Michael Barber is JURIST’s Chief of Staff. He is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Michael holds a BS in Sociology from Fairmont State University. He also serves as a writer and editor for JURIST’s Legal News service and an editor for JURIST’s Commentary service.

JURIST Digital Scholars Program Managing Director

Xiaoli Jin is the Managing Director of the JURIST Digital Scholars Program. Xiaoli graduated from Middlebury College with a dual degree in Computer Science and Political Science. She is currently an Associate at Keystone Strategy and was pre-admitted to Harvard Law School in 2018. Xiaoli is also the developer of JURIST’s forthcoming iOS app.

Senior Editors

JURIST’s Senior Editors are experienced staffers who take leading roles in managing and writing JURIST.

Brianna Bell is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She serves as an editor for JURIST’s Commentary service.

Anne Bloomberg is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She writes for JURIST’s Legal News service and serves as an editor for JURIST’s Commentary and Social Media services. She is also president of the JURIST Staff and Supporters Association.

Matthew Borges is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He writes and serves as an editor for JURIST’s Legal News service.

Thomas DeLorenzo is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He writes and serves as an editor for JURIST’s Legal News service.

Stephanie Sundier is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She writes and serves as an editor for JURIST’s Legal News service.

Gabrielle Wast is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She writes and edits for JURIST’s Legal News and serves as an editor for JURIST’s Commentary service. She also serves as JURIST’s Senior Social Media Editor.

Associate Editors

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

Emily Beeken is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Vivi Besteman is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Keegan Boyle is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Brianna Brown is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Joshua Cossin is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Jacob Dougherty is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Patrick Eckerd is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Matthew Fischer is a 2L at Vermont Law School.

Tyler Gillett is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Zoe Gujral is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Trisha Klan is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Daniel Klapper is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Gabrielle Kolencik is a 2L at Duquesne University School of Law.

Jesse Lamp is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Alanah Lockwood is a 3L at Vermont Law School.

Jessica Lusamba is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Cassandra Maas is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Manny Marotta is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Angela Mauroni is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Maeve McDermott is a 3L at Vermont Law School.

Tahira Mohamedbhai is an LLB student at the University of York in the UK.

Ashely Monti is a 2L at Vermont Law School.

Erin Napoleon is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Valeria Negron is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Steven Pagach is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Alina Rizvi is a 3L at Vermont Law School.

Jordan Ross is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Rebecca Salamacha is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Xi Lucy Shi is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Payton Smith is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Chris Stephens is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Maddison Sullivan is a 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Yige Wang is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Kirsten Williams is a 2L at Vermont Law School.

Leanne Winkels is a 3L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Assistant Editors

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

Vishwajeet Deshmukh is a third-year law student at Government Law College, Mumbai (IN).

Khushali Mahajan is a second-year law student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (IN).

Timothy Miller is a 1L at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Victoria Muntean is a second-year law student at the University of Aberdeen (UK).

Akshita Tiwary is a second-year law student at Government Law College, Mumbai (IN).

Theo Wilson is a 1L at Brooklyn Law School.

Muskan Yadav is a final-year law student at Nirma University Institute of Law, Ahmedabad (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.
Jaclyn Belczyk is JURIST’s Research Director. 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.

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, USA. A Canadian Rhodes Scholar born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he studied law at Oxford, Dalhousie Law School, the University of Toronto, and finally Harvard Law School (LLM 1988), where he was Associate Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. 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.