JURIST names Pitt Law Alumnus Matt Shames as Executive Director
JURIST Names Pitt Law Alumnus Matthew Shames as Executive Director
University of Pittsburgh School of Law alumnus Matthew Shames was recently named executive director of JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc. Housed in Pitt's School of Law, JURIST produces a Web-based legal news publication and real-time legal news research powered by a mostly volunteer team of more than 50 part-time Pitt law student reporters, editors, and Web developers. As executive director, Shames will oversee JURIST's business and development efforts, including outreach and educational initiatives, fundraising, and corporate management. Shames also will serve as JURIST's in-house general counsel.
"Matt brings to JURIST a unique combination of legal, managerial, entrepreneurial,and technical experience, as well as longtime familiarity with and dedication to JURIST's public service mission," said Bernard Hibbitts, JURIST's board chair and a professor at Pitt Law. "I know Matt's energy and creativity will have a tremendously positive impact on JURIST in the months and years to come as he focuses on building JURIST's institutional base and expanding its capacity to serve a large national and international audience."
Prior to joining JURIST, Shames worked as a transactional attorney at the Pittsburgh law firms Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., and Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. Shames earned his JD degree from Pitt's law school in 2005; while there, he served as editor-in-chief of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Additionally, as one of the then-handful of JURIST student staffers, Shames helped develop JURIST's PaperChase legal news operation and was instrumental in recruiting the first class of JURIST student news anchors for what has since become JURIST's flagship service.