Harvard Law Review elects first black female president in its 130-year history

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The Harvard Law Review made history when it elected its first Black female president in the legal journal's 130-year history, ImeIme Umana.

Hailing from Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Umama will become the 131st leader of the student-run publication. She received a Bachelor's degree in African American Studies and Government from Harvard College in 2014 and is expected to earn her Juris Doctor degree in 2018.

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"It is a great privilege to be able to serve and work with the remarkably talented and committed group of editors on the Law Review," Umana said in a statement.

An active member of the campus, Umama has served under several roles in politics and law while attending Harvard. She was the Community Action Chair of the university's Institute of Politics and the Professional Developmental Chair for Public Interest for the Harvard Black Law Students Association.

She also follows in the footsteps of a renowned law review president who made history in 1990 as the journal's first ever Black president as a law student, former President Barack Obama.

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Mike Zuckerman, the outgoing president of the university publication looks forwards to the direction Umama will take the Review.

"I am excited for all of the amazing work that she will do for our institution in the year ahead," Zuckerman said in a statement.

"I've been blown away by ImeIme since she was an undergraduate in Harvard's Lowell House, and it has been thrilling to watch the Law Review's membership recognize so heartily what a special human being she is."

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