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JURIST Announces Unique "Institutional" Column


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JURIST Announces Unique "Institutional" Column
Law Professors from the University of California, Davis to Provide Regular Contributions

Pittsburgh, PA - February 16, 2012 - JURIST is proud to announce that the University of California, Davis School of Law has agreed to become JURIST's first "institutional" columnist. In a unique arrangement, JURIST will publish a new commentary piece from members of the UC Davis School of Law faculty on a monthly basis. Although several professors and students from UC Davis School of Law have been active with JURIST in the past, Vikram Amar, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, published the first column under this arrangement on February 16, 2012. Dean Amar argues that in striking down California's ban on same-sex marriage, the Ninth Circuit could have ruled that the initiative proponents lacked standing to defend Proposition 8, which may have been a more judicially sound method to invalidate the amendment as opposed to basing the decision on Romer v. Evans.

"We are very excited that the faculty at UC Davis School of Law has agreed to write for JURIST on a regular basis," said Matthew Shames, JURIST's Executive Director. "Over the past few months, faculty and students from UC Davis School of Law have shown tremendous interest in JURIST and have contributed several commentary pieces. With our recent move to include regularly appearing columns, adding an "institutional" column, particularly from an esteemed school such as UC Davis, makes perfect sense. This unique arrangement once again underscores the continued recognition of JURIST as a unique media outlet and further demonstrates our commitment to empower our audience by providing expert legal analysis."

JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation housed at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Commonly referred to simply as JURIST (, it publishes Web-based legal news and commentary produced by over 50 part-time law student writers, editors and Web developers, supervised by professional and law faculty staff. Reflecting its academic roots, JURIST presents legal news in a factual, objective manner, focusing on legal issues with significant jurisprudential, social and political implications. JURIST reports emphasize and routinely link to the primary source materials - judicial decisions, legislation, testimony, and reports - behind the news. JURIST is produced as a public service for the continuing legal education of its readers and law student staffers.

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