Juris Diction: Deepening dialogue at Queen’s Law
“We need to talk.”
These were the words that defined our conversation over very bad—though delightfully cheap—Chinese food in Montreal this past February. In discussing our impressions of our first year at Queen’s Law, we found ourselves returning time and again to the desire for a conversation about the law, our school, the world, and our roles within it.
Although content with our experience as 1Ls, we both saw an opportunity for more conversation outside the classroom. Perhaps after hours of lectures and scores more of reading, it’s reasonable to not want to continue hashing over in our spare time. That’s fair. But consider the opportunity before us—we’re surrounded by exceptionally intelligent people from different backgrounds and an array of geographic areas. What better chance will we have to grapple with issues, spar with one another, and ultimately come to a better understanding of the world and each other?
Our hope for Juris Diction is that it will be this place for us—and for you.
We hope Juris Diction will be a place for students to express their views and engage in respectful dialogue in a safe and supportive atmosphere. A place to celebrate the accomplishments and initiatives of our peers. A place to enlighten 1Ls with the wisdom gleaned through sleepless nights pouring over readings and job applications. A place to escape the study of law and connect with the culture around us. A place to laugh at ourselves.
Our vision for Juris Diction is one that combines the commitment to quality and journalistic integrity that defines traditional media with the sense of community fostered by social media. We’ll be publishing entirely online and there will be multiple ways to engage with our content and writers from contributing response pieces and engaging on social media to a series of in-person events aimed at taking the conversation off the screen. If you have an idea for something you’d like to write or see written, we want to hear from you. Experience is required, but you have it. You’ve made it to law school. Now all you need to do is think and write.
This project is new. We’re building from scratch and taking all the help and feedback we can get from anyone who wants to see this initiative thrive and truly reflect Queen’s Law. There will be unforeseen hurdles to cross in the coming months, and potentially even some changes on the fly. What we can guarantee is that our content will make you think, and we will strive to meet the highest standards week in and week out.
Before closing, some thanks to those who have helped us get this far. Firstly to our inaugural Editorial and Executive Boards, thank you for jumping headfirst into this project when it was only a nebulous idea. Thank you also to Queen’s Law for bringing together a brilliant group of students. And finally, a special thank you to Adam’s father, Ian Sadinsky, for the punny masterpiece that is the name Juris Diction.
We need to talk. We hope you join our conversation.
Ian Moore is the Publisher of Juris Diction. He is a second-year JD/MPA student. Adam Sadinsky is the Editor-in-Chief of Juris Diction. He is a 2L student.