Brandon Wharton was named the first Black editor-in-chief of Maryland Law Review while at the University of Maryland School of Law.
After Brandon Wharton (Towson University class of 2017) graduates from law school, he will be clerking for a year with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Shutterstock) June 14, 2020
As Brandon Wharton ’17 entered his second year at The University of Maryland, Francis
King Carey School of Law, he couldn’t help but think of Thurgood Marshall.
Marshall, the first Black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, grew up in downtown Baltimore,
just blocks from the University of Maryland School of Law. He wanted to study there,
but he didn’t apply because of the school’s segregation policy.
Almost 90 years since Marshall started his journey into law, Wharton is starting his
with a piece of history. He was chosen as the first Black editor of the Maryland Law Review and will oversee the publication’s 80th volume.
"You know, the phrase is often said, ‘It’s good to be the first, but you hope you’re
not the last,’" the Frederick, Maryland, native says. "And I certainly hope that’s
the case here. There were a number of moments where I kind of just sat back and thought, ‘wow, this is crazy!’ But to be the first Black editor-in-chief, it’s incredible."Wharton takes over as editor-in-chief after serving as a staff editor the year before. That first year helped him realize he really liked learning about law through good writing. When the opportunity to move up presented itself, he was happy to throw his hat into the ring.Starting in February, Wharton and a staff of about 55 started accepting manuscripts of legal scholarship from law schools across the country. One of his main tasks as editor-in-chief is working with the executive committee to select the very best pieces, make offers to those authors and get them to publish in the Maryland Law Review .After those selected accept entry, Wharton and his staff read each manuscript several times, making corrections, edits and suggestions to the authors."It’s a pretty intensive process," Wharton says. "We go through […]