“[T]he American law review properly has been called the most remarkable institution of the law school world. To a lawyer, its articles and comments may be indispensable professional toold. To a judge . . . the review may be both a severe critic and helpful guide. But perhaps most important, the review affords invaluable training to the students.” – Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Almost every law school has a Law Review or Law Journal. For law students, being a member of Law Review is the most prestigious and elite accomplishment of a student’s law school career. Students become members based on their academic achievements and writing skills. The Managing Board of the law review oversees the publication of the law review which includes scholarly research that addresses a legal issue written by students as well as lawyers, legal experts, and other professionals.
Liku Madoshi and Monique Larmond have officially become apart of the very first all African-American Women Managing Law Review Board. Not only the first in the school’s history, but also in the state of California. Madoshi and Larmond are currently Certified Law Students in the state of California in their third and last year of law school.
Madoshi, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, is from the Bay Area, California, but her family is originally from Tanzania, South Africa. She was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in the Spring of 2012 by way of the Nu Lambda chapter at California State University in Sacramento.
“I joined this amazing sisterhood because I admired what our Founders stood for during such trying times,” Madoshi stated. “I was inspired to be as instrumental as they were. The Nu Lambda chapter, specifically, is gilled with hard-working, phenomenal women. After I learned about how impactful Delta was, I knew I had to become apart of something so great. Wherever you go or whatever you’re involved in, there is ALWAYS a woman of Delta leading the way. My goal is to do the same by achieving the highest levels of success so I can give back to my community.”
Monique Larmond, Managing Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, is from the Bronx, New York, but her family is is originally from Jamaica. She was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in the Spring of 2011 by way of the Pi Eta chapter at Binghamton University.
“I truly felt that Delta Sigma Theta was the only way,” Larmond said reflecting on why she decided to become a member of Delta. “I wanted to be part of something larger than myself; to learn and grow from the dynamic divas in the Sisterhood. Deltas are trailblazers and always on the forefront in the community so I knew, given my drive, I would fit right in the sorority and continue in the footsteps of those who paved the way. I was truly inspired by the women of Delta and knew I had to be part of the illustrious sisterhood!”
Being the first all African-American Women Managing Board of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review is more than an academic and professional accomplishment. This is an accomplishment that recognizes the efforts and sacrifices of the trailblazers who have come before them.
“As members of an organization founded on sisterhood, scholarship and service, we strive to serve the African-American community as examples of the principles set by our illustrious founders,” Madoshi and Larmond stated.
“We are proud to have made history for the Thomas Jefferson School of Law as the first all African-American Women Managing Board. It has also been verified that we are the first in the state of California, and possibly the first in the nation when it comes to non-HBCU American Bar Association accredited Law Schools.”
Upon graduation in May 2017, Madoshi and Larmond will be taking the California and New York State Bar Exams, respectively.
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