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-election recount coverage and, 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 2021 recipients of the Sutin Prize are:
Michael Barber is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Class of 2021. Before law school, Michael held various public service roles ranging from nonprofit mental health to education advocacy and federal emergency preparedness. He joined JURIST in Fall 2018 as an Associate Editor, was promoted to Senior Editor in his 2L year, and ultimately selected as Chief of Staff in 2020. As Chief of Staff, Michael helped lead efforts, alongside JURIST Executive Staff, to expand JURIST’s global staff recruitment and, amid the 2020 health crisis, managed to regularly support the many innovative projects designed by staff around the world. Post-grad, Michael plans to sit for the 2021 Pennsylvania Bar Exam, before serving as a Term Law Clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Tim Zubizarreta is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Class of 2021. Before law school, Tim earned a BA from the George Washington University and worked in the software industry. He joined JURIST in Fall 2018 as an Associate Editor, began work to revitalize JURIST’s social media presence in the Spring of 2018, was promoted to Senior Social Media Editor in his 2L year, and ultimately selected as Managain Editor in 2020. As Managing Editor, Tim headed up JURIST’s Commentary service. He oversaw a dramatic uptick in publication and lead efforts to recruit a global staff when law students went online during the global pandemic.
JURIST is honored to acknowledge past recipients of the Sutin Prize.