The Harvard Law Review has elected ImeIme Umana to serve as its 131st President – making her the first black woman in history to hold this position. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Umana studied government and African-American studies at Harvard as an undergraduate. She is now a JD candidate with Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Founded in 1887, the Harvard Law Review is an student-edited journal published monthly from November through June. The Law Review recently made history itself reported The Harvard Crimson for inducting “the most diverse class of editor in history.” According to the college newspaper, “46% percent of the incoming editors are women, an increase of about 10 percentage points from an average of the past three years. 41% are students of color, compared to the same three-year average of 28 percent on the Law Review.”
Umana’s recent election marks a step in the right direction for the Harvard Law Review, and great step for Madame President herself. It remains to be seen if she’ll continue in the footsteps of another history-making former Law Review President and go on to occupy the Oval House. Congratulations, ImeIme!