The Sutin Prize is presented annually to the JURIST volunteer law student or students who best demonstrate outstanding commitment to the organization’s public service mission. The award is named in memory of Anthony L. Sutin (1959-2002), who dedicated his career to public service, legal education, and providing critical access to legal information. Sutin, an election law attorney, worked for the US Department of Justice and at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC, before going on to become a law professor at and eventually dean of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. He was also the very heart and soul of JURIST’s Bush v. Gore 2000 presidential election recount coverage. Even before the turn of the millennium, he was a great believer in JURIST’s ability to make critical and fast-developing legal issues accessible to a global audience. Tragically, Dean Sutin was killed in a shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in 2002. His widow, Margaret Lawton, very kindly consented to JURIST naming this award for him.
The 2023 recipients of the Sutin Prize are:
Hannah Brem graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2023. She joined JURIST during her 1L year as an associate editor and advanced to news managing editor for her 3L year. Over her three years with JURIST, Hannah had the distinct pleasure of working with law students from the UK, Canada, India, Myanmar, Iran, Kenya, Uganda, and Australia. She was also engaged in Pitt Law’s Immigration Law Clinic and Prison Litigation Practicum and volunteered with the TLDEF Name Change Project, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Pardons Project, the Abolitionist Law Center Courtwatch Program, and the Allegheny Housing Court Help Desk. After sitting for the bar exam this July, Hannah will work as an eviction defense attorney in New York City.
Sambhav Sharma is a Judicial Law Clerk-cum-Research Associate at the Supreme Court of India. He graduated from Amity Law School, Delhi (IP University), India, in 2022. Over the two years of his association with JURIST, Sambhav has served as an Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, India Chief Correspondent, and finally as the Deputy Dispatches Editor. Sambhav holds JURIST and the work it does in high regard and gives credit to JURIST for allowing him to learn the nuances of legal journalism while also honing leadership skills. He looks forward to witnessing JURIST reach greater heights and wishes the team the best for the future.
JURIST is honored to acknowledge past recipients of the Sutin Prize.