Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Harvard Crimson, Law Review Inducts Most Diverse Class of Editors in History:
For the first time in the publication’s nearly 130-year history, the Harvard Law Review inducted a group of editors this year whose demographics reflect those of their wider Law School class—including the highest-ever percentages of women and students of color.
The demographic composition of the new editors—who were selected over the summer—reflects the broader makeup of the Law School’s class of 2018, according to numbers provided by Harvard Law Review President Michael L. Zuckerman ’10. Forty-six percent of the incoming editors are women, an increase of about 10 percentage points from an average of the past three years. Forty-one percent are students of color, compared to the same three-year average of 28 percent on the Law Review. Both roughly reflect the corresponding breakdown of the wider Law School class.
The Law Review includes 46 editors from each second-year and third-year class, for a total of 92.
The Harvard Law Review—one of the preeminent student organizations at the school—has faced criticism in recent years for lacking representation of women and minorities on its editorial staff. A report released last spring by the Women’s Law Association’s Shatter the Ceiling Committee highlighted the gender gap in Law Review membership. That gender disparity has persisted even after the Law Review expanded an affirmative action policy to include gender in 2013, in its editor selection process.