Andrew L. Gilmore, Esq. - Pitt Law 2010 and former Section Head
Having lived much of my life in Massachusetts, when people hear that I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, they almost always ask me "Why Pitt Law?" Invariably, my answer is "JURIST." When I was considering law schools, JURIST was the one thing that set Pitt Law apart from other institutions. JURIST was the reason I chose to attend Pitt Law, and JURIST's unique place as a highly-respected, student-run resource for legal news and analysis made my law school experience truly excellent, and has greatly contributed to the legal professional I have become.
Now, we have the opportunity to help other law students and legal professionals achieve the same benefits and development by supporting JURIST with a financial contribution during this fundraising drive.
As a JURIST staffer, I was writing multiple weekly articles on developing legal issues one month into my first year of law school. With the exception of my fellow first-year JURIST staffers, no other students in my class were writing published articles of any kind. Certainly none of them were writing articles that were read by a worldwide audience, including politicians, policy makers and legal scholars. While my involvement with JURIST certainly improved my writing and my ability to grasp complex legal concepts, it also provided additional context for the material I studied, not only in my first year, but throughout my law school career. JURIST encouraged me to think critically about my legal studies by allowing me to make connections between casebook material and current legal developments, giving me an advantage that my fellow law students simply did not have.
As a second and third year law student, my responsibilities at JURIST allowed me to gain perspectives on developing legal issues that I could not have gotten anywhere else. One particular example was my coverage of the Pakistani lawyers' movement and the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf in 2008. While writing numerous articles on this complex issue that had serious political and military implications for the entire world, I was fortunate to work closely with primary sources and Pakistani contacts intimately involved in the movement. I gained valuable experience working with rapidly developing facts and circumstances in a high-pressure situation, and translating those complicated details into clear, concise summaries accessible to a broad audience. Even now, I rely heavily on these skills on a daily basis. Without a doubt, I would not be the legal professional I am today without JURIST.
The fact that so many legal scholars, professionals and policy-makers rely on JURIST for unvarnished legal news and insightful analysis on topics that simply aren't covered by other news organizations makes it an organization worthy of your support. But that isn't the main reason you should contribute to JURIST. You should support JURIST so it can continue to be an institution that helps prepare law students for the increasingly complex and interrelated global political and economic community we live in. Your support for JURIST will directly result in better legal professionals and scholars who are aware of the many issues that affect our world today, and who have the skills and experience to successfully confront these challenges head-on.
Please consider making a donation to JURIST, and join me in helping to preserve access to this valuable resource for legal news and analysis.
Andrew L. Gilmore, Esq.
Pitt Law 2010