Jost '65 named Distinguished Alumnus

PDS/USN Distinguished Alumnus, Georgetown Law professor, and legal author Kenneth Jost '65 will address seniors, their parents, and faculty during Convocation at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 in the Auditorium.
by Juanita I.C. Traughber, communications director
University School of Nashville will host Convocation for seniors and their families at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20. The Class of 2019, PDS/USN’s 100th graduating class, will hear from Distinguished Alumnus Kenneth Jost ’65, who has written about legal affairs for more than 50 years.

Jost grew up in East Nashville “before it was trendy,” he said. His writing career began as the two-year editor of the High School newspaper then called “The Paw Print.” He wrote an editorial calling for the integration of PDS and another outing the administration’s censorship of student’s writing.

After graduating from Peabody Demonstration School, he graduated from Harvard College with honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After covering courts for The Nashville Tennessean, he later studied at Georgetown Law School, earning his Juris Doctorate with summa cum laude honors, as first in his class, and as first evening division student to be elected editor in chief of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Jost is in his 26th term of writing the “Supreme Court Yearbook.” He also is author of “Supreme Court A to Z,” “The New York Times on the Supreme Court,” “Obama's Agenda,” “Trending Toward #Justice,” and the 11-year-old blog Jost on Justice. He has been a contributing writer for CQ Researcher since 1992 and was a member of the CQ Researcher teams recognized for health reporting by the Society of Professional Journalists and for legal affairs reporting by the American Bar Association. Today Jost teaches media law at Georgetown Law School. Click here to read Jost’s full Prologue.

Convocation officially marks the beginning of PDS/USN graduates’ transition from students to alumni. Each year a graduate of University School of Nashville or its predecessor, Peabody Demonstration School, speaks at Convocation to tell stories, offer advice, and take questions from students. A reception will follow the program.

The Distinguished Alumna / Alumnus Award was established in 1978 to honor a graduate of PDS/USN who has made outstanding professional or civic achievements on a local, national, or international level. Recipients have included authors, educators, researchers, musicians, and volunteer leaders. In addition to honoring these individuals, the award brings them to the attention of the PDS/USN community and the city at large. Their accomplishments serve as an inspiration to students and graduates and as a reminder to the citizens of Nashville of the high-quality education that has long been a tradition at our school. Click here for a full list of alumni who have received the recognition.
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    • Kenneth Jost ’65 was editor of "The Paw Print" while a student at Peabody Demonstration School.

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