ABOUT CLEO Expanding Opportunities. For more than 50 years, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) has worked to make the law a more diverse profession by expanding opportunities for underrepresented persons to pursue a legal career. CLEO PROGRAMS Training tomorrow's lawyers, Preparing tomorrow's leaders Each year CLEO conducts a wide range of pre-law programs that are designed to prepare students for the rigor of law school and to increase retention and successful matriculation rates. THE CLEO D.A.I.S. The CLEO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SPOTLIGHT A virtual “platform” designed to showcase and highlight diverse attorneys and critical inclusion initiatives from our valued partner organizations


Cassandra Sneed Ogden to Receive CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award at 2021 Virtual Awards Reception

Alexandria, VA—November 4, 2021—Cassandra Sneed Ogden, former Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) Chief Executive Officer,  will be the recipient of the CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award on Thursday, November 18, 2021.  Ogden will be recognized for her lifetime achievements during the CLEO EDGE Honors virtual reception. She led the venerable, 53-year old organization from 1995 until her retirement in 2020.

CLEO Announces Three Individuals to Receive CLEO EDGE Honors Awards

Alexandria, VA—October 21, 2021—Evangeline Mitchell, Yolanda Hawkins-Bautista, and Cuong Quy Huynh will be the recipients of the 2021 CLEO EDGE Awards during the CLEO EDGE Virtual Honors Reception on November 18, 2021, from  6 – 7:30pm.  CLEO, widely renowned for its mission to increase the number of lawyers from diverse backgrounds, created these awards to promote its focus on the three pillars or characteristics which undergird the organization’s purpose and in recognition of its 50th anniversary.  Those pillars are Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality.

NEA Vice President to be a Featured Speaker at Virtual Teen Town Hall Meeting

National Education Association (NEA) Vice President Princess Moss will be part of a discussion focused on “The Safe Return in 2021: Back to School, This is the Year!” Joining her are Dr. Karla Paylor, a Maryland-Licensed Pediatrician; Dr. Kellie McCants-Price, a Maryland-Board Certified Child Psychologist; and Subramonianpillai Teal, a Maryland-Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical.

LAW SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Penn State Dickinson Law Read More As the oldest law school in Pennsylvania and one of the oldest law schools in the country, Penn State Dickinson Law’s mission remains remarkably similar to its founding vision: to prepare students of law thoroughly for the practice of their profession.

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