CLEO, Inc.

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What is CLEO?

CLEO alumni are represented in every area of society, including: private law firms and corporations, law schools, federal and state judiciaries, and legislatures across the country. The influence of CLEO alumni in the legal profession, in particular and throughout the country in general, is an indication of the important role CLEO has played in helping to advance Justice and Diversity in America.

CLEO’s flagship program is the Prelaw Summer Institute (PLSI), a rigorous, residential program designed to familiarize and better prepare students to succeed in law school. The Institute has been held on various law school campuses every summer since 1968.   Additional workshops and seminars are offered for high school, college, and graduate students interested in pursuing a legal career. Once enrolled in law school, CLEO Fellows become part of a national network of outstanding, talented lawyers.

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization that was founded in 1968 to expand opportunities for underrepresented students to attend law school. Since its inception, more than 30,000 students have participated in CLEO’s programs and joined the legal profession.

CLEO Mission, Vision, & History

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Juan Carlos "J.C." Polanco, Esq., MBA

President & Chief Executive Officer

Iris Martinez Juergens, BA

Director of Development and Grants

Manika G. Heilig, BS

Regional Director, CLICKS Mentoring Program

Leigh R. Allen, II, MBA, MS

Chief Operating Officer

Julie D. Long, BS, CAP, PACE

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Lynda Cevallos, Esq.

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dominique Moss, M.Ed.

Director of Law School Initiatives

CLEO Board of Directors

Our exceptional governing body that supports and guides CLEO forward to advance a sustainable future providing the resources, and expertise to advance the CLEO mission.
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SAMANTHA AHUJA

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ANGELA BIRCH COX (IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR)

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ELIZABETH A. CAMPBELL (CHAIR)

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ROBERT FALK

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DARRYL L. FRANKLIN

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MALCOLM L. MORRIS

DEAN EMERITUS AND PROFESSOR OF LAW

RACHEL OKOLSKI

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PAMELA V. ROTHENBERG

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BRANDY SMITH

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Meet The CLEO Staff

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Juan Carlos "J.C." Polanco, Esq., MBA

President & Chief Executive Officer

Iris Martinez Juergens, BA

Director of Development and Grants

Manika G. Heilig, BS

Regional Director, CLICKS Mentoring Program

Leigh R. Allen, II, MBA, MS

Chief Operating Officer

Julie D. Long, BS, CAP, PACE

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Lynda Cevallos, Esq.

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dominique Moss, M.Ed.

Director of Law School Initiatives