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Education Reception Kicks Off CLEO 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Largo, MD – April 11, 2018 – The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) will recognize more than 200 nominees for the CLEO EDGE Award for Education on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Downtown Club of Houston. These individuals, law schools, and legal organizations have made a significant impact on diversity and greater equality in legal education, the profession, and/or society. The EDUCATION Reception will kick off CLEO’s 50th anniversary year-long activities. For a complete list of nominations, please visit    

     Focused on the theme, “The CLEO EDGE: 50 Years of Championing Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality in the Legal Profession,” additional receptions centering on contributions to DIVERSITY and GREATER EQUALITY will be held in San Francisco and New York. On Thursday, November 15, 2018, in Washington, DC, the CLEO EDGE gala will round out the historic celebrations where 50 finalists in each of the three categories will be honored. Also during the gala, noted civil rights leader, attorney, and business executive, Vernon Jordan, will receive the inaugural CLEO EDGE Heritage Award for his outstanding leadership and commitment to Education, Diversity and Greater Equality for more than 50 years.

“Lawyers impact every aspect of American life. These noteworthy Education nominees represent a small percentage of the thousands of outstanding individuals and organizations that share our passion and commitment to creating a legal profession that mirrors the mosaic fabric of this great nation,” stated Cassandra Sneed Ogden, the Chief Executive Officer of CLEO. “We are honored to be able to recognize these nominees as part of CLEO’s 50-year milestone celebration.”

About the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.

CLEO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities for persons from traditionally under-represented racial and ethnic groups, low-income, and disadvantaged communities. Founded in 1968, when the number of lawyers of color was less than one percent, CLEO has produced more than 10,000 individuals who have excelled in every area of the legal profession and include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, politicians and more. 2018 is CLEO’s golden anniversary. More information about CLEO’s 50th Anniversary can be found at