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Hilda Frimpong: Ghanaian Student Becomes First Black Editor-In-Chief Of Syracuse Law Review

 

Second-year College of Law student Hilda A. Frimpong has been elected by her peers as the next editor in chief of Syracuse Law Review. When she assumes her duties for Volume 72 (2021-22), Frimpong will be the first Black student to lead the Law Review since it began publishing in 1949.

“It is wonderfully timely to announce this news during Black History Month,” says College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise. “February is a time to reflect on the lives and legacies of our Black College of Law community members and to contemplate and help activate the bright future of our students. Congratulations on your trailblazing accomplishment, Hilda. I look forward to learning about the plans you and your team have for Volume 72, and to reading the articles and notes you gather.”

“This is wonderful news for Hilda Frimpong, Syracuse Law Review and the college. I am proud to serve as the Law Review advisor during this groundbreaking and overdue moment in its history,” says Professor Robin Paul Malloy. “Law Review teaches leadership and professionalism, and Hilda’s peers and professors know these are qualities she has in abundance. Best of luck to Hilda and her newly elected executive board on next year’s Volume 72.”

“I am honored to serve in this role because of the trust and support that my peers gave me by electing me editor in chief,” says Frimpong, who is specializing in the law and technology program while at Syracuse Law. “I am honored to break down barriers as the first person of color and first Black woman in this role. I am proud that my expertise and unique perspective will be added to the legacy of Syracuse Law Review.”

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Referring to the College of Law’s Black History Month 2021 project, which highlights the lives and legacies of its Black alumni, Frimpong says, “The posts remind me that I stand on the shoulders of many great women and men before me. I will continue our legacy of providing distinguished scholarly works to the legal community.”

Addressing her pioneering role at Syracuse Law Review, Frimpong quoted Vice President Kamala Harris, who in January 2021 became the first woman and first person of color elected to her high office: “In the words of Vice President Harris, ‘While I may be the first, I won’t be the last.’ I want to inspire students who didn’t previously see themselves represented on Law Review to seek journal membership and to strive to build and strengthen our position as experts, and in turn our legacy.”

Frimpong currently serves as an editorial staff member for Volume 71 of the Law Review, edited by third-year law student Nikkia Knudsen. Other second-year law students elected to the Volume 72 executive board are:

Managing Editor: Leita Powers

Form and Accuracy Editors: Elisabeth Dannan, Katy Morris, Kayla Pigeon and Hayley Rousselle

Lead Articles Editors: Shannon Cox and Meghan Mueller

Senior Notes Editor: Emily Hildreth

Legal Pulse Editor: Morgan Steele

Business Editor: Lyndon Hall

Computer Editor: Shelby Petro

Alumni Editor: Ryan Marquette

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