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Bernard J. Hibbitts is a Canadian lawyer, professor, and publisher currently teaching in the United States at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Originally trained as a legal historian whose McLuhanistic early work focused on the historical relationship between law, media and the senses, he wrote a series of controversial articles in the mid-1990s on the future of law reviews and scholarly publishing in the then-just-emerging age of the Internet. He is best known today as the founder and publisher of JURIST, the Webby award-winning online legal news service, established in 1996. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
A Rhodes Scholar and former law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for the late Justice Gerald Le Dain, Hibbitts is a graduate in law of University College, Oxford (B.A. Jurisprudence 1983), Dalhousie University (LL.B. 1984), the University of Toronto (LL.M. 1986), and the Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1988). In 1995 he received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, the University of Pittsburgh's highest teaching honor. His work has been printed in the New York University Law Review, the McGill Law Journal, Law & History Review, American Ethnologist, and Wired Magazine.
Representing Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hibbitts was a member of the 1975 Canadian national championship team on Reach for the Top, the long-running CBC-TV high school quiz show. He received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award as goaltender for the Oxford Blues ice hockey team in 1983.
- Bernard Hibbitts website
- Coming to Our Senses: Communication and Legal Expression in Performance Cultures, Emory Law Journal (1992)
- Making Sense of Metaphors: Visuality, Aurality, and the Reconfiguration of American Legal Discourse, Cardozo Law Review (1994)
- Re-membering law: Legal Gesture in the Past, Present and Future (1995)
- 'Unconventional' Methods Earn Hibbitts University Teaching Award University of Pittsburgh School of Law Law Notes (1995)
- Last Writes? Re-assessing the Law Review in the Age of Cyberspace (1996)
- Symposium Issue on Last Writes? Akron Law Review (1996)
- Yesterday Once More: Skeptics, Scribes and the Demise of Law Reviews Akron Law Review (1996)
- De-scribing Law: Performance in the Constitution of Legality (1996)
- The Re-vision of Law: The Pictorial Turn in American Legal Culture (1996)
- E-Journals, Archives and Knowledge Networks First Monday (1997)
- Taking 'Writes' Seriously: The Future(?) of the Law Review (1997)
- Changing Our Minds: Legal History Meets the World Wide Web Law & History Review (1997)
- Innovative Instruction, National Law Journal (2002)
- The People's Law, Pitt Magazine (2006)
- Interview with Bernard Hibbitts, Information Today (2006)
- Paper Chase is ‘Doing Public Service,‘ Sharing Info Real Time and For Free, ABA Journal (2008)