Apsara Iyer becomes first Indian-American to be elected President of Harvard Law Review

An Indian-American second-year student at Harvard Law School has been elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review, becoming the first woman from the community to be named to the position in the prestigious publication’s 136-year history.

Apsara Iyer has been elected the 137th president of the Harvard Law Review, which was founded in 1887 and is one of the oldest student-run legal scholarship publications, The Harvard Crimson reported on Monday.

Iyer said in The Crimson Report that as Law Review president, she aims to “involve more editors in the process of reviewing and selecting articles” and to maintain the publication’s reputation for “high-quality” work. ” “I think right now I’m just focused on making sure we keep the lights on and everything stays on,” Iyer said.

The Crimson Report states that Iyer graduated from Yale in 2016 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and math and Spanish.

Iyer’s immediate predecessor, Priscilla Coronado, said the publication is “extremely fortunate” to have Iyer at the helm.

“Apsara has changed many editors’ lives for the better, and I know she will continue to do so,” said Coronado. “From the outset, she has impressed her fellow editors with her remarkable intelligence, thoughtfulness, warmth and fierce advocacy.” The Crimson said Ayer’s interest in understanding “the value of cultural heritage” led him to work in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Antiquities Smuggling Unit, which tracks down stolen works of art and artifacts.

Iyer worked in the office in 2018 before attending law school, and took a leave of absence after her first year of law studies to return to the role.

The report states that Aiyar joined the Harvard Law Review after a competitive process called “write-on”, where Harvard Law School students “rigorously fact-check a document and review recent state or Supreme Court decisions.” provide commentary on the matter.” Iyer has previously been involved with the Harvard Law School’s Harvard Human Rights Journal and National Security Journal and is also a member of the South Asian Law Students Association.