Milton becomes Tulane Law Review’s first Black editor

First Black editor selected in the journal's 105-year history

A year ago, Antonio Milton decided to “shoot for the moon” and write extensively to become a junior member of the prestigious Tulane Law Review. On Feb. 3, he made history, becoming the publication’s first Black editor-in-chief.

The Law Review is in its 105th year and is considered among the most respected of legal journals in the U.S.  It is among the most respected of legal journals in the nation. It is fully student-run and edited; the selection process to join is highly competitive, and the writing is extensive. Members generally rank academically at the top of their class.

The Carencro native, who is in his second year in law school, is interested in commercial and civil litigation. He will head of the review journal for next year’s volume and will take on leadership and editing processes. He will also solicit and select different articles from practitioners and professors, putting them into a published form.

Milton said his appointment to the position is a unique moment in history. “To be on Law Review, it’s my hope, that I can build a bridge for those who come after me and inspire those future attorneys of color,” he said. He wants to inspire other students of color to work on the law school’s legal journals – or at least make the most of the law school experience.

Milton was one of six first-year law students chosen for the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars Program and interned at Bracewell LLP in Houston, Texas last summer. He joined the Black Law Student Association and was selected to be a Harris Fellow, a program through which upper-class students mentor first-year students. He is also part of the Moot Court Program.

After graduation, Milton will clerk for the Hon. Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana. He said he hopes to secure an appellate federal clerkship.

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