Ime Umanah | Nigerian-American elected first black woman president of Harvard Law Review

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The prestigious Harvard Law Review has elected its first black woman president in its 130-year history. She Ime Umanah, 24, daughter of a Nigerian immigrant.

Her father, Dr Ime Sampson Umanah, was a Nigerian immigrant from Abak Local Government of Akwa Ibom State.


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Ime Umanah grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She’s a joint degree candidate at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Umana was chosen by the Harvard Law Review’s 92 student editors in what is widely considered the highest-ranked position that a student can have at the cut-throat law school.


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She is the first African-American woman to lead a journal that has the largest reach of any law journal in the world.

The difficult election process required a thorough dissection of her work and application, and a 12-hour long deliberation of her portfolio.


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The first black man to be elected president was Barack Obama, 27 years ago, while it has been 41 years since the first woman, Susan Estrich, was elected.

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