My name is Andrew Wendel and I am the Editor-in-Chief for Volume 27. I grew up in Iowa, went to the University of Iowa for undergrad, and now attend Iowa Law.

    While in undergrad, I interned in the Federal Criminal Defense Clinic at Iowa Law. This experience exposed me to many of the injustices in our criminal legal system. It inspired me to pursue a legal career, and ideally one in criminal defense. The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice was a natural fit to help me continue down that path while also having the opportunity to continue to advocate for change.

    Being named Editor-in-Chief is a great honor, not for the title, but rather for the opportunity to work with the brilliant, dedicated, and passionate Volume 27 Editorial Board and Student Writers. This group of people truly embodies our “vision of justice that is without fear.”

    After graduation, I will be clerking for the Iowa Supreme Court, and afterward will be pursuing a career as a public defender in the state of Iowa.