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Harvard Law Review Elects Historic Majority-Female Class

For the first time in its history, the Harvard Law Review has elected more female editors than male editors to join the journal’s editorial class this summer.
The Harvard Crimson reports that the Review’s editorial class was chosen based on skills of the prospective first-year law students, which consists of 24 women and 22 men.
“These efforts, we hoped, demystified the competition and encouraged students not to count themselves out of joining the journal,” ImeIme A. Umana, president of the Law Review, says.
Seth R. Berliner, vice president of the Harvard Law Review, told The Crimson that the increased representation of women on the publication is representative of the outside world.
“The editors of the Harvard Law Review go on to be leaders of the legal community,” Berliner says. “It’s heartening to see that, for the second year in a row, the Review has elected a class of editors that is more broadly representative of the world around us.”
In 2013, the legal journal decided to include gender as a factor in its expansion of the admissions process’ affirmative action policy. Umana is the first black woman to lead the organization.
“Bringing together editors from different backgrounds uniquely enriches our writing and editing process,” Umana says. “Perhaps more importantly, achieving gender parity underscores an unequivocal truth: women belong on the Law Review.”
Sources: The Harvard Crimson, The Harvard Crimson