Apsara Iyer, a sophomore Indian-American student at Harvard Law School, has been elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.
The 29-year-old has become the first woman from the community to be appointed to the position in the 136-year history of the prestigious publication.
A report in The Harvard Crimson said Monday that Apsara Iyer was elected the 137th president of the Harvard Law Review, which was founded in 1887 and is among the oldest student-run legal scholarship publications.
Iyer said in The Crimson’s report that as president of the Law Review, her goal is to “include more editors in the article review and selection process and maintain the publication’s reputation for “high quality” work.
Iyer said in The Crimson’s report that as president of the Law Review, her goal is to “include more editors in the article review and selection process and maintain the publication’s reputation for ‘high quality’ work.”
“Since joining the Law Review, I have been inspired by her skillful stewardship, compassion, and (Priscila’s) ability to build vibrant and inclusive communities. I am so grateful that ‘Volume 137’ inherits her legacy, and I am honored to build on this important work over the next year,” Iyer said in a statement announcing his appointment.
On its Twitter account the HLR announced that, “We are thrilled to announce the election of the President of HLR Vol. 137: Apsara Iyer”.
Who is Apsara Iyer?
Iyer is a member of the South Asian Law Students Association and was previously active in the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the National Security Journal of the Law School.
Iyer received a B.A. in Economics, Mathematics and Spanish from Yale in 2016. She earned an MPH from Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar due to her passion for archaeology and indigenous peoples, and in 2018 joined the Antiquities Trafficking Unit (ATU) of the Manhattan District Attorney.
Iyer has also contributed to the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Law School’s National Security Journal. She is also a member of the South Asian Law Students Association.
Iyer then took a leave of absence from Harvard Law School in 2021-2022 to return to the district attorney’s office, where she worked on an international antiquities trafficking investigation and rose to ATU deputy.
Iyer’s predecessors as president-elect of the prestigious Harvard Law Review include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former President Barack Obama.
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