The climb to the third floor of the historic Gannet House, a small white eighteenth-century colonial nestled in-between Littauer Hall and Langdell Law Library, is winding and steep--but second-year Harvard law student Anna K. Small will have to grin and bear it if she wants to get to her new office.
Small, a Yale graduate with a double major in economics and international studies, was elected last Sunday as president of the Harvard Law Review, the oldest, most prestigious student-run law journal in the country. The Review has lived in the old home for 75 years.
Small, who says she spends as much as 25 hours a week at the review as an editor, faces an even greater time commitment as president.
She'll be the point person on everything from meeting with the Board of Trustees (some of law's brightest lights) to performing a full substantive edit of nearly all pieces published in monthly volumes during the school year. With eight issues at 2000 pages each, it's a tall order.
But with 113 years of tradition behind her, Small has a high standard to uphold.
"I know that I now have very esteemed company," said Small. "[Harvard Law] Review presidents have gone on to do great things."
The review was founded in 1887 by newly-minted Law School graduate Louis D. Brandeis, who would later become a Supreme Court justice. It has since been the breeding ground for most of the country's top judges, politicians and legal theorists.
The review is celebrated worldwide as a consistently excellent journal of legal scholarship. Its circulation of 8,000 is the largest of any law journal in the world.