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May 25, 2006

JURIST wins Webby

JURIST (, the Pitt School of Law’s legal news and research service, won The Webby People’s Voice Award competition. Winners of the Webby awards, which honor excellence in web site design, creativity, usability and functionality, were released last week by the International Academy of the Digital Arts and Sciences.

Called “the on-line equivalent of an Oscar” by The New York Times, the Webby was established in 1996 and leads in international awards of its type.

In the People’s Voice Award competition, web users voted for the sites they believed to be best in each category. JURIST was one of five finalists in the law category. The other web nominees were Court TV; FindLaw; Justice Learning, an NPR-New York Times collaboration, and Nolo, legal self-help.

The Webby People’s Voice Award gathered more than 200,000 votes from web users all over the world. This is the first time a law school web site has won a Webby Award.

JURIST is comprised mostly of volunteer law student reporters, editors and web site developers led by Pitt law professor Bernard Hibbitts. It is the only law school-based legal news service.

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