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CLEO Announces Call for Nominations for 52nd Anniversary Celebration

     Largo, Maryland, September 10, 2020—The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) has opened its call for nominations for the CLEO EDGE Awards for its 52nd Anniversary. The CLEO EDGE Honors Reception will be held virtually on Thursday, November 12, 2020, beginning at 6:00pm ET. The reception will recognize and honor a total of three individuals, law schools, and/or legal organizations that have made significant accomplishments or demonstrated commitments to Education, Diversity, or Greater Equality in the legal profession.  Information and photos from past Honors Awards can be found here: or

     The CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award will also be given to a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in Education, Diversity, and/or Greater Equality in the legal profession and society.  Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. received the inaugural CLEO EDGE Heritage Award during the organization’s 50th Anniversary Gala in 2018. 

     “We want to encourage everyone to honor the contributions and achievements of individuals, law schools, law firms, and leaders who help make our world more equitable by submitting nominations online,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, Chief Executive Officer.  “For more than 52 years our mission has been to increase the numbers of lawyers from diverse backgrounds who are actively contributing to the legal profession. We have made significant inroads, but we have much more to do. These awards help us acknowledge our partners and others who have notably contributed to the legal profession.”

     The CLEO EDGE Awards were created in 2018 during CLEO’s 50th Anniversary to shine a spotlight on individuals, law schools, and other legal entities in the following categories: Education, Diversity, or Greater EqualityTo be considered for an award, the nominator (or nominee) must complete the online application, which can be found at Additional application materials, such as: letter(s) of support explaining how the nominee fulfills the various criteria, resumes, listing of previous awards/certificates, may be uploaded, but are not required. Nominations will be accepted until October 2, 2020.

About the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.

CLEO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to inspire, motivate, and prepare students from underrepresented communities to succeed in law school and beyond. Founded in 1968, when the number of lawyers of color was less than one percent, to date, more than 25,000 individuals have attended a CLEO program and/or used a service, with many of our alumni excelling in every area of the legal profession to include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, politicians, and more. Additional information about CLEO and its programs can be found at

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