Andrew Morgan, Esq. - Pitt Law 2011 and Executive Director
JURIST can cure what's wrong with your news diet. By focusing on primary documents that relate to actual world events, JURIST doesn't print unfounded speculation, Pollyanna-ism, cross-chatter or political prognostication. By asking leading academics and practitioners to explain and evaluate important contemporary issues, JURIST doesn't run partisan spin, self-serving reframing or half-baked theories. If you've ever found yourself bemoaning the depth and accuracy of your channel's coverage, you should be reading JURIST.
For me, JURIST also cured what was wrong with law school. With both eyes fixed firmly on the gauzy memories of grand cases past, a student's attention can be diverted from contemporary issues. Surely, there must be something worth knowing about Pennoyer v. Neff or somebody would have stopped teaching it by now, right? But that knowledge doesn't help you explain or evaluate the legal issues that are currently shaping the public discourse, public policy and public attitudes. JURIST's Paper Chase service gives law students a steady diet of current issues to consider, and focuses the mind by requiring a thorough, concise and accurate restatement of the development under tight deadlines. It's a marked contrast from the classroom experience, and a valuable professional skill.
JURIST can also cure what's wrong with itself. I'm fond of saying that I wouldn't have made the cut if I'd been applying with the class I oversaw as Chief of Staff. The quality, enthusiasm, creativity and dedication of our staff continue to climb. By adding new services, features, and sections, and by continually reassessing and refactoring the way it does business, this trend will surely continue.
Your donation will support JURIST in fulfilling its valuable academic, professional and civic mission. It will help students learn to be better professionals. It will help professionals learn about legal developments outside of their immediate practice area. It will help academics participate in an informed, respectful and timely exchange of ideas. Perhaps most importantly, it will help the public at large, those outside of the legal community, to make informed decisions about legally related news that so often gets short shrift in major media outlets.
Executive Direct 2012 - Present
Chief of Staff 2010-2011
Pitt Law 2011