Kimberly Bennett - Senior Editor and President of JURIST Student Association
When I came to law school, I was inundated with emails and flyers from clubs, organizations, and various groups. It was difficult to decide which path to take. When I saw the flyer that JURIST was accepting applications, my first thought was that I could never get through the application review, audition and interview process. JURIST stood out to me because of the prestige they seemed to possess. I was more than surprised when I received an email, informing me that I had landed an audition!
Now that I am a part of JURIST, I have a deep respect for the organization. Not because of the prestige, but rather, because of the dedicated staff that keeps JURIST a top priority. The students who work for JURIST, including myself, are unpaid and trying to maintain high ranks at a top law school. The staff dedicates a minimum of five hours a week to JURIST, and most of them exceed the minimum hours because they enjoy it and believe in its mission. We are told that maintaining a job in law school is a near impossibility. The JURIST staff, however, work everyday, and they do it well.
Without grades or pay, one may wonder why a law student would give themselves extra work each week. For me, it is because I feel a sense of pride knowing that my peers and academic professionals can see the work that I have done. Without readers and supporters, we would have no reason to work so hard. It is the idea that we are doing something worthwhile--informing others--that is the motivation for putting in the time everyday.
The best part of working for JURIST is that I feel like I am part of a team that supports me. It has been a great way for a 1L like myself to make friends that share a common set of interests. Our Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Bernard Hibbitts, is also my academic advisor. It is comforting to walk into his office because he knows me as both his advisee and a JURIST staffer. This type of support surrounds me at the law school, and I am happy to have found it.
In conclusion, supporting JURIST is not just supporting a publication. It is supporting students, full-time staff, and dedicated professor volunteers. We need the support of our readers to continue delivering our services and to further our mission.
Senior Editor and JSSA President