Harvard Law Reviews elects first black female president.
30 years after Obama's election for the same, we welcome Umana as the first black woman.
Barack Obama became the first black president of the Harvard Law review way back in 1990. Three decades later the institution has just welcomed their first female black president, Imelme Umana, a Pennsylvania native of Nigerian descent. And she’s got the back for it too.
Umana is a joint degree candidate with Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy school of Government. She has also served as president of the student advisory committee at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
Madame president is set to lead a team of 90 editors to publish one of the most influential monthly Law Journals in the world that runs from November to June.
Speaking to Vibe, the outbound president Michael L. Zuckerman is in full support of his successor saying that Umana’s election is momentous as it will help support people of color in the Law profession, “For a field in which women and people of color have for too much of our past been marginalized or underrepresented, her election is an important and encouraging step toward a richer and more inclusive legal conversation.”
2014 Harvard College graduate, Umana studied government and African-American studies and also served as president of the student advisory committee at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She is now a joint degree candidate with Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Umana called her election by the publication’s editorial board a “great privilege.”
Umana’s election comes in just after Harvard’s Law Review most diverse class of editors elected last year.
For now, Umana plans to intern at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia this coming summer.
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