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

Honorees Announced for Greater Equality CLEO EDGE Award
Recipients to be Recognized at November 15 Gala at 
The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC

Largo, MD – October 3, 2018 – Honorees for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.’s CLEO EDGE Award for Greater Equality were announced today.  This is CLEO’s final honor in three categories of accolades.  The first two categories were Education and Diversity.  The 50-year old organization will shine a spotlight on these individuals, law schools, and organizations that have impacted legal education, the legal profession, and society at its Awards Gala on November 15, 2018, at The Ritz Carlton Washington, DC, where Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. will receive CLEO’s inaugural CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award.

CLEO, widely renowned for its mission to increase the number of lawyers from diverse and disadvantaged 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 the its 50th anniversary. Those pillars are Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality.

“We are indebted to these 50 egalitarians–outstanding individuals and organizations–that have demonstrated their commitment to the equality of all people and, in so doing, helped advance our society,” remarked Cassandra Sneed Ogden, CLEO’s Chief Executive Officer.

Based on the theme “The CLEO EDGE:  50 Years of Championing Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality,” the gala will also feature Bakari Sellers as the emcee for the evening.  Sellers is an attorney and political commentator. For a complete list of the 2018 CLEO EDGE Award Honorees in Greater Equality, 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 Greater Equality nominees, or how to purchase gala tickets can be found at