Meet Imelme Umanathe, The First Black Woman Elected President Of Harvard’s Law Review.


Meet Imelme Umana, class of Harvard Law School ’18 who has become the first Black woman elected President of Harvard’s Law Review.

The Harvard Law Review published its first issue on April 15, 1887, making it one of the oldest operating student-edited law reviews in the United States.

Imelme Umana is a doctorate candidate at Harvard Law School, She has served as chair of the Community Action Committee, a board member of the Harvard Model Congress Boston, and a research assistant at the school’s Hiphop Archive at the Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

As stated on Harvard’s Department of African American Studies’ webpage: (Umana) is most interested in the intersection between government and African American studies, hoping to explore how stereotypes of Black women are reproduced and reinforced in American Political discourse.

In its 130-year-history, the Harvard Law review has only had one other Black president and that was Barack Obama, who became the first Black man to become president of the Harvard Law Review (in 1990) 18 years before he was elected as the first African American President of the United States.

Law reviews, which are edited by students, play a double role at law schools, provide a chance for students to improve their legal research and writing, and at the same time offer judges and scholars a forum for new legal arguments. As President of the Harvard Law Review, this job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School.

The first black president in the Harvard Law Review’s 130-year history is President Barack Obama, the immediate past President of the USA. At the time, Obama who was then a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University, was enrolled at Harvard Law School.

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