Hilda Frimpong: Ghanaian student becomes first Black editor-in-chief of Syracuse Law Review
- A US-based Ghanaian law student, Hilda Frimpong, has been named the editor-in-chief of the Syracuse Law Review
- She makes history as the first Black person to attain this feat at Syracuse
- Frimpong is a second-year law student at the University College of Law
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A US-based second-year Ghanaian law student at the Syracuse University College of Law, Hilda Frimpong, has been named the editor-in-chief of the Syracuse Law Review.
Frimpong, 30, has shattered the glass ceiling and makes history as the first Black person to ever hold this position.
The former Miss Ghana USA winner, who was born in Ghana and raised in Dallas, Texas, will lead the Law Review for the 2021-22 academic year with a female-dominated board.
Frimpong obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Texas A&M University and worked as a business developer for a Fortune 500 company before attending law school at Syracuse University College of Law.
At Syracuse, Frimpong has dedicated her time as a volunteer for the Cold Case Justice Initiative, a criminal law tutor, a research assistant, and an ambassador for the office of admissions.
Frimpong spoke to Face2Face Africa about her goals for the Law Review and what being elected as the first Black editor-in-chief of the journal means to her.
She revealed that she is passion-driven about law and technology and creating a space for women of colour in this area of the law.
The young trailblazer also opened up about how she got involved in the Syracuse Law Review.
''There are two avenues to get on law review at Syracuse. Students who are in the top 10% of their class after the first year are invited on. There is also a write-on competition for those who meet the GPA requirement. However, since grades are not released until after the write-on competition, most students end up participating in the write-on. I competed in the write-on competition. It was very difficult because the competition is right after finals and you are mentally exhausted. I pushed myself to complete the competition despite the psychological challenge,'' she said.
Frimpong, however, became the editor-in-chief of the Syracuse Law Review after she was anonymously nominated as a candidate, but was hesitant about taking on the job.
''I knew the significance of the role so I hesitated to accept the nomination. I consulted with my family, peers, and mentors before accepting the nomination. We held an election and gave my speech with my plans and objectives and the members voted.''
Syracuse Law Review was founded in 1949 and is now in its 72nd year. It is a scholarly journal led and run by students, providing distinguished scholarly legal articles, notes, commentaries, and case summaries for the legal community.
As the first Black student to be elected into the law review's top position, Frimpong admits she feels happy to pave the way for other students of colour to lead in spaces where they may not see themselves represented.
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