Kenesha Starling is the First African American Editor-in-Chief of the South Texas Law Review

Kenesha Starling has been named editor-in-chief of the South Texas Law Review. Her appointment makes her the first African American to hold the position in the law school’s 96-year history. The South Texas College of Law is the oldest law school in Houston.

Starling is currently completing her final year of law school at South Texas. During her time in law school, she has had to balance a full-time job at a federal agency, her educational pursuits, and motherhood. She hopes that her appointment will open doors for other Black students to follow in her footsteps.

“Our school has a rich and impressive history; our alumni are Texas Supreme Court justices, judges, U.S. and district attorneys, and presidents of state and local bar associations, to name a few,” said Starling in a statement. “Our Law Review should reflect that same culture; it should be a leading resource for the legal community. It is not enough to be on Law Review — we have to increase our presence and open doors for all the law students who follow our stead as the esteemed South Texas Law Review.”

Starling is a graduate of Texas Southern University. She holds an MBA from the University of Houston Clear Lake.

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