Honorees for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.’s CLEO EDGE Award for Greater Equality were announced today. This is CLEO’s final honor in three categories of accolades. The first two categories were Education and Diversity. The 50-year old organization will shine a spotlight on these individuals, law schools, and organizations that have impacted legal education, the legal profession, and society at its Awards Gala on November 15, 2018, at The Ritz Carlton Washington, DC, where Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. will receive CLEO’s inaugural CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award.
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., advisor to presidents, noted civil rights leader/activist, attorney, businessman, and a board member to several Fortune 500 companies has been named the inaugural recipient of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.’s CLEO EDGE Heritage Award. Hereafter, the award will be named the “CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award” to commemorate his lifetime achievements. The Award will honor a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality in the legal profession and society.
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) announced that 25 persons have volunteered to serve on the Gala Committee for its 50th Anniversary to be held November 15, 2018, at The Ritz Carlton, Washington, DC. The Gala Committee plans and implements the major fundraiser that benefits CLEO’s programs. Phyllis P. Harris, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Legal Operations at Walmart, Inc. and a CLEO alumna, is the chairperson.
Carlton D. Watson
CLEO fully prepared me to excel in law school and in the legal profession by providing me with invaluable tools, numerous employment opportunities, by way of interviews, and by expanding my professional network.
CLEO helped me solidify my commitment to a career in public service as an attorney and showed me I was able to become the attorney I wanted to be through hard work and perseverance.
CLEO helped me understand what to expect from law school, what resources were available at the law school, how law school exams were structured, and which publications were good supplementary study guides.
Judge Tanya Brinkley
CLEO prepared me for a successful law school career and gave me the confidence to excel as a lawyer.
I was really motivated by [ASAP] on how to successfully apply for law school and tackle the LSAT. I loved the panel of current law students as well as the first-hand knowledge we received from members of the LSAC Board [and law school admission staff].
Edmund Vincent Yan
CLEO showed me that anyone can become an exceptional attorney with hard work, passion, and the right support group, regardless of whether you fit the traditional profile that many people see in an attorney.