Sunday, April 21, 2024

Priscila Coronado, the first Latina president of Harvard Law Review

This week, the Harvard Law Review has named Priscila Coronado, a daughter of Mexican immigrants, as its latest President. This raises a Latina woman to the top of the most esteemed U.S. law journals for the first time in 135-years.

Priscila Coronado, a Harvard Law School student, stated that her experiences growing up as a Mexican American have kept her perspectives informed and wanted to “work hard to show how being a Latina is an important part of who I am.”

Law reviews are staffed by the top students at U.S. law schools, often recruited for judicial clerkships and other distinguished jobs in the profession.

Political and legal leaders who have worked at the Harvard Law Review include President Barack Obama, who was the journal’s first Black President in 1990. At least three serving members of the U.S. Supreme Court have served as editors.

Coronado is the first in her family to attend college and earned her Undergraduate degree from the University of California. Her legal interest includes education law and disability rights. She plans to work as a summer associate at the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson once the academic year is done.

Coronado’s election came a year after the review elected Hassaan Shahawy to become the first Muslim to serve as President. In a statement, he called Coronado a “rigorous scholar and a passionate advocate.”