Lizzy Imbarlina - Student Commentary Section Head
Thomas Jefferson once said, "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." Jefferson recognized a problem with mainstream media that still persists today: sensationalism. Every day we are bombarded with news stories that are based on misinformation. These stories confuse the facts and often times have strong biases. Unfortunately, legal news is no stranger to this kind of reporting. So where can we turn to receive legitimate legal news?
JURIST seeks to address the problems with traditional media. JURIST is a Web-based legal news and real-time legal research service. We publish news articles about legal issues that substantially affect the legal field. JURIST focuses on the facts and does not rely upon personal biases. JURIST also publishes commentary pieces on legal issues from
professionals, law professors and law students who share their experiences in a certain field. Further, JURIST publishes special features on current legal issues so that our readers can understand significant legal issues from different perspectives. JURIST provides free, unbiased legal news so that our readers receive the highest quality of information.
JURIST's staff consists of mostly volunteer law faculty and students. I am a senior editor and section head for Dateline, JURIST's student commentary service. We seek original commentary pieces from law students regarding their personal and work experiences in a field of law. I wanted to be a part of JURIST because JURIST is different than your typical law journal or student organization. JURIST's focuses on legal news that mainstream media neglects because of its lack of commercial appeal. Because of JURIST, I am better informed on relevant legal issues and have improved my writing skills. As a member of the Dateline team, I have had the opportunity to reach out to and form relationships with students across the country. I have always enjoyed learning from my peers through their personal and professional experiences. Being a member of Dateline allows me to do this on a national basis. I love the idea that I help bring students from different law schools together so that they can share their experiences with their peers through Dateline.
As a member of the editorial board, I have seen where JURIST can go in the future. There are so many great ideas on new initiatives from JURIST staffers! However, in order for JURIST to continue to grow and benefit its readers and its staff, we must ask for your help. JURIST is free because we are independent. Our independence defines who we are and what we do. I love what I do through JURIST and I believe in the mission behind the articles we publish. I wanted to be on JURIST because I wanted to be a part of a mission that is greater than each individual staffer. So now will you support us and become a part of our mission?"
Student Commentary Section Head