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First Latina named president of Harvard Law Review

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The Harvard Law Review elected its first Latina president to run the 135-year-old publication.

Priscila Coronado of Downey, Calif., will take over the student-run periodical, according to Reuters.

The Harvard Law Review is run by top students at Harvard Law School, and many of its alumni have led successful careers in law and politics.

Former President Obama was the first Black president of the Law Review 30 years ago.

Coronado, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, told Reuters she wanted to “work hard to show how being a Latina is an important part of who I am.”

Coronado, who received her undergraduate degree from UCLA, plans to work as a summer associate at California-based law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Outgoing Harvard Law Review President Hassaan Shahawy was the first Muslim to hold the position.

Since Obama’s election as president of the 104th volume of the Review, the publication elected Andrew Crespo as its first Latino president in 2007 and Imelme Umana as its first Black woman president in 2017, before electing Shahawy and Coronado.

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