Professor Kenneth Mack ’91, his classmate and friend, says Obama didn’t speak much at first about other aspects of his unique background, including a childhood spent in Hawaii and Indonesia or the fact that his mother was white. The son of an American anthropologist and a … (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) President Barack Obama became the first black president 25 years ago today — of the Harvard Law Review, that is. Putting the 2020 race in historical context and considering its impact on our democracy, From grappling with the challenges of an unprecedented health crisis to addressing longstanding racial injustices, HLS affiliates respond, From law and forgiveness to politics and the integrity of the Supreme Court to an insider’s view on foreign policy, HLS faculty tackle big issues with scholarship, candor, and compassion. Joe Wrinn/Harvard University via Getty Images Barack Obama, graduate of Harvard Law School '91, is photographed on campus after was named head of the Harvard Law Review in 1990. This piece was originally published on Medium on January 4, 2016. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and … By Tammerlin Drummond Times Staff Writer Barack Obama stares silently at a wall of fading black-and-white photographs in the muggy second-floor offices of the Harvard Law Review. Artur Davis ‘93 still vividly recalls how much Obama inspired him with a speech he gave during orientation week on striving for excellence and mastery. The President’s piece offers a kind of map: a guide to today’s complicated, varied legal terrain, and a set of tools to help navigate and shape it. All rights reserved. '91, now president-elect of the United States, also came to the attention of the wider University community. The work also follows in a rich tradition of scholarship shaped by an author’s lived experience of the law. Tribe likes to say he had taught about 4,000 students before Obama and another 4,000 since, yet none has impressed him more. "Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. Barack Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review (Vol. Obama first made history at HLS. The President makes the case for reform, details traditional and novel ways in which his Administration has pursued reform from the federal to the local level, and offers a vision for the road ahead. While at Harvard, he was on Law Review, the most prestigious organization at any law school. The New York Times shared a screenshot Friday of their 1990 profile of Obama, which ran after he became the first black student elected to preside over the Review. We were struck, of course, by the honor of publishing the first work of legal scholarship by a sitting president — and in this case, a president whom we’re proud to count among the alumni (and former presidents) of our journal. Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. Celebrating Harvard Law School’s clinics and Students Practice Organizations. And as a law student, Obama met many professors and classmates who would prove helpful in his meteoric political rise from state senator to president of the United … He arrived on campus at the age of 27 in the fall of 1988, older than many of his classmates after a stint as a community organizer in Chicago. Now I’m the president of the Harvard Law Review, and I’ve just had the privilege of helping to publish an article on criminal justice reform by the President of the United States. ’78 re-elected to the International Court of Justice, Remembering Justice Ralph D. Gants: ‘A living example of what lawyers can do to make our world better’, Political Discourse and the 2020 U.S. Election, Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Court of Ames, Andrew H. Choi ’23, Alaskan arctic warfare expert, ‘The Connected Parent’ offers guidance, insight into digital parenting, The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform, penned the following reflection for Medium, Harvard Law Review elects 130th president, Obama touts criminal justice reform in Harvard Law Review, Law Review Inducts Most Diverse Class of Editors in History, Publishing the President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform, The Experience of Dignity: Community Courts and the Future of the Criminal Justice System, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program scores a victory for asylum seekers, ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for change’. And as a law student, Obama met many professors and classmates who would prove helpful in his meteoric political rise from state senator to president of the United States in five years.