Crespo Elected First Latino President of Harvard Law Review

BY ANDREA SAENZ

The Harvard Law Review has elected 2L Andrew Crespo as its 121st president. Crespo will take over from 3L Aileen McGrath, who when elected became only the sixth woman to serve as president since the Law School began admitting women in 1950. “I am glad to leave the Law Review in Andrew’s capable hands,” said McGrath this week. “His intellectual vision, passion for the law, and dedication to his fellow editors will ensure that the Law Review will have an excellent year.”

“Aileen and her class have been an incredible asset to our organization,” said Crespo, continuing the love-in. “They have made wonderful contributions to legal scholarship, and their exceptional dedication to the task has been inspirational. I could not be more honored to work with this group of talented, intelligent, and caring editors.”

Crespo, who is Puerto Rican and hails from Monroe, New York, is the first Latino student to ever be elected to the position. He graduated from Harvard College in 2005. Crespo takes the post seventeen years after senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama, HLS ’91, became the first black student to be elected president of the Law Review in 1990. The Review has frequently been the subject of debate regarding the diversity of its members, who typically go on to high-powered appellate clerkships and jobs at prestigious firms and government agencies. Crespo told the Crimson Tuesday that outreach and diversity would be priorities of his presidency, stating, “We want to focus on recruiting the best individuals to make sure that we have a solid and diverse class coming in.”

Look for an exclusive interview with the new president in next week’s Record.

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