The Harvard Law Review has elected Imelme Umana as its first Black woman president. This achievement puts Umana in a very elite group as the first Black American president of the Harvard Law Review later went on to become the first Black President of the United States.
Umana is set to graduate from Harvard Law School in 2018 after studying African-American studies and government in undergrad. Her experiences as a criminal law investigative intern for the public defender’s office in Washington, D.C reportedly set her on the current course to fight the injustices in the legal system.
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“It’s very easy to presume that you know a lot about urban communities and the troubles they face,” Umana told the Harvard Crimson. “I read ‘The New Jim Crow,’ and I read ‘Sister Citizen,’ and I read ‘Killing the Black Body,’ and I’ve watched all of these documentaries, and I’ve written all these papers, but the internship, really, in just a few days, showed me how little I actually did know about the realities of the situation and urban America.”
We wish Umana the best of luck in her new position and hope that she will go on to leave an incredible legacy all her own.