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1 Legal News and Research URISTURIST JJ

2 URISTURIST JJ Contact Andrew Morgan Executive Director Mobile:(202) Office: LAW 313 More information:

3 URISTURIST JJ What is JURIST? JURIST is a non-profit legal news and analysis site hosted by the Pitt School of Law JURIST is operated by 60+ law student staffers JURIST has a worldwide reach of more than 400K readers annually Started in 1996 by Pitt Law Professor Bernard Hibbitts

4 URISTURIST JJ What Else Happened In 1996? Bill Clinton elected to a 2 nd term Prince Charles and Lady Di get divorced Dow breaks 6,000 Spice Girls top the charts with “Wannabe” DVDs, eBay and Java launched You started kindergarten JJ

5 URISTURIST JJ Editorial Structure JURIST news staff researches and reports on global legal developments. JURIST commentary staff solicits and edits contributions from newsmakers, advocates and academics. JURIST professional staff takes care of the behind-the-scenes

6 URISTURIST JJ Technical Structure Dedicated server in California. Host our own Movable Type instance Front-end design done in-house over several generations of student staff –MT template architecture –PHP –RSS parsing –HTML/Javascript/Outdated CSS –LAMP

7 URISTURIST JJ So, what’s the problem? Site design is outdated –Technologically –Visually Poor mobile support Poor support for revenue-generating activities

8 URISTURIST JJ How can you help? We’d like to re-design JURIST for the 21 st Century. –Mobile friendly –Ad capable –Graphic friendly –Payment processor agnostic –Documented codebase –Requirements gathering

9 URISTURIST JJ New Features Website –Advertising framework –Public license image integration –Payment processor integration –Mobile friendly design iOS/Android app

10 URISTURIST JJ Technical requirements Use Movable Type architecture –Templates –MySQL 5.0 backend PHP server-side HTML5, doctype compatible Target Gecko, Webkit, Blink and Trident 4.0+ Avoid proprietary tech (Flash, etc) Formal requirements and design docs jurist.org/csproject

11 URISTURIST JJ Oversight Day-to-day interaction with pro staff Technical Director Jeremiah Lee –Software Engineer at Hearsay Social –BSCS CMU, Pitt Law Board Member Joshua Sanders –Engineer at Trane Systems –BSCE Pitt, Pitt Law Board Member Tim Stanley –Founder and CEO of Justia.com –Founder of FindLaw, Nolo.com –BS/MS Stanford, Michigan Law, Harvard Law

12 URISTURIST JJ Collaboration JURIST is a collaborative effort There is no king You know things that we don’t

13 URISTURIST JJ W E NEED YOUR HELP ! Questions?


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