The South Carolina Law Review has elected an African American for the first time in its 69-year history to serve as its editor in chief.
Chelsea Evans, a second-year law student from North Myrtle Beach, was elected by peers to lead the University of South Carolina School of Law publication, according to a press release from the university.
“I’m proud to belong to and lead such a talented, motivated and accomplished team,” Evans said in a statement. “Serving as editor in chief will be challenging and will require a great deal of hard work and diligence, but we have a great board of editors, and I am confident that we will continue to uphold the reputation and legacy of the South Carolina Law Review.”
Evans was elected Feb. 13 to a one-year term by the journal’s 59 student editors. The Review is published four times annually and is a resource for the legal and academic community as well as a frequently cited legal journals in the country, according to the press release.
Evans graduated magna cum laude from the university in 2014 with a degree in public health. She says doing policy research work as a Mayor’s Fellow in Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s office and doing economic development work for EngenuitySC led her to study law.
Evans also serves as a research assistant and a member of the Pro Bono Board and participates in other student organizations, including the Black Law Students Association. Evans also has served as a mentor to middle-school students in the Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program, an initiative that encourages minority students to pursue a law career. She also is a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs.