Welcome to the New Juris Diction!
Two years ago, in a Montreal Chinese restaurant of questionable quality, Juris Diction was born. It was the brainchild of Adam Sadinsky and Ian Moore, two Queen’s Law students who felt that our school needed a forum for reasoned debate and discussion.
Since then, this young newspaper has grown a great deal. Supported by the extremely talented writers of our school, Juris Diction has become an integral part of the conversation here.
The driving force of our growth is the quality of our articles. Highlights from last year include a profile on a refugee building his new life in Kingston, features on aboriginal justice, wrongful convictions, and anti-doping laws, and a deep analysis of the copyright implications of Beyoncé’s love affair with Red Lobster.
Furthermore, when a controversial issue consumes our community, Juris Diction is there to cover it.
In the debate on including a smudging ceremony on the Law Students’ Society’s (LSS) agenda, our newspaper served as the platform from which both sides put their arguments forward.
And when our school held a referendum on the LSS budgetary surplus, ‘JD’ played a key role in keeping the school informed. We live tweeted the critical general meeting in the lead up to the vote, engaging many of those who could not attend. We provided features on all the options on the ballot and covered proponents and opponents from all sides. And we hosted a town hall debate, which again was live tweeted for the benefit of everyone.
Ian and Adam’s child has come a long way. But now, the responsibility of seeing it grow stronger is in our hands.
Our first task in that role is to assemble a crack team of amazingly talented people. To that end, we have a tremendous editorial board in place and will be soon recruiting staff writers and illustrators to our team.
Our second task is to establish our vision for Juris Diction.
We believe that Juris Diction should strive to become the first forum of debate at Queen’s Law. In order to achieve that, we commit ourselves to maintaining editorial neutrality in all conversations. This newspaper will publish all opinions of every political stripe without bias.
Furthermore, we pledge to respect the principles of freedom of speech absolutely. Our experience so far has shown us that writers are more than capable of maintaining appropriate decorum in debate and putting their ideas forward in an eloquent and reasoned fashion without the need for an overbearing editorial policy.
The only caveat is that if, in the remote possibility, an article clearly violates the normal standards of decent argument, we may be compelled to exclude it. Otherwise, Juris Diction remains the home of free and open debate.
Finally, we will be working towards expanding our coverage of the activities of the LSS and other things of importance to the community. Expect to see regular pieces on society meetings and an increase in community outreach through town halls or live tweeting sessions.
Life at Queen’s Law is always eventful, and we expect to remain fairly busy this year. Our school has plenty to say, and we have marked our jurisdiction in allowing those voices to be heard.
This is Juris Diction: the Queen’s Law students’ newspaper.
2016-2017 Editorial Board:
Co-Editors-in-Chief – Ethan Gordon and Adnan Subzwari
Managing Editor – Jason Liang
News Editor – Kali Larsen
Opinion Editor – Harshi Mann
Culture Editor – Sakshi Sharma
Features Editor – Vlad Krasner
De Minimis Editor – Jane Mundy
Outreach Managers – Yann Grand-Clement and Ceilidh Mulder
Finance and Advertising Managers – Linna Nguyen
Juris Diction will be recruiting a co-culture editor, staff writers and illustrators over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for further details!
Adnan Subzwari (3L) and Ethan Gordon (2L) are the Co-Editors-in-Chief of Juris Diction.