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August 3, 2018
Contact: Bernetta J. Hayes, Director
Prelaw Program Operations
bhayes@cleoinc.org240.582.8600 x203

CLEO Announces CLEO EDGE Award Honorees for Education
Recipients to be Recognized at November 15 Gala at the Ritz Carlton Washington, DC

Largo, MD – August 3, 2018 – The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural CLEO EDGE Award in Education. CLEO, widely renowned for its mission to increase the number of lawyers from diverse backgrounds, created these recognition 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.

“The CLEO EDGE Awards are a way of acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of individuals, law schools, and organizations that have impacted legal education, the legal profession, and society in general.  These honorees have made notable contributions to education, their communities, and the nation,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, Chief Executive Officer, of CLEO.

Fifty (50) honorees have been chosen from more than 200 prominent nominees for their accomplishments.

“We believe these 50 leaders will continue to have an impact on legal education and especially on aspiring lawyers poised to become our future leaders.  Our motto ‘Training Tomorrow’s Lawyers, Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders’ is apropos for this category,” Sneed Ogden added.

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, CLEO will host an Awards Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC, to honor these winners, along with winners in the categories of Diversity and Greater Equality.

Based on the theme “The CLEO EDGE:  50 Years of Championing Education,Diversity, and Greater Equality,” the gala will also feature the inaugural CLEO EDGE Heritage Award which will be given to Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. in recognition of his more than 50 years of service to the legal profession and the embodiment of all three categories.

For a complete list of the 2018 CLEO EDGE Award Honorees in Education, click here:

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, the Education nominees, or how to purchase gala tickets can be found at