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CLEO Issues Call for Nominations for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Nationwide Effort to Honor Individuals, Law Schools and
Legal Organizations Contributing to Diversity and Inclusion


     Largo, Maryland, December 1, 2017—The Council on Legal Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) has opened its call for nominations for the CLEO EDGE Awards for its 50th Anniversary. The Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. The awards will recognize and honor 150 individuals, law schools and legal organizations that have made significant accomplishments or demonstrated commitments to Education, Diversity and Greater Equality in the legal profession.

“Diversity and inclusion are not just buzz words for CLEO,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, CLEO’s CEO. “For almost 50 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 be done. These awards are our way of acknowledging our partners and others who have notably contributed to diversity in the legal profession.”

The CLEO EDGE Awards was created to shine a spotlight on individuals, law schools and other legal entities in the following categories: 50 for Education; 50 for Diversity; and 50 for Greater Equality. Nominees will be announced at one of three receptions:

Education nominees in Houston on April 26th;

Diversity nominees in San Francisco on June 5th; and

Greater Equality nominees in New York on September 12th.


Final honorees will be recognized at the anniversary gala in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2018.

To 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 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 March 16, 2018.


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 alumni who have excelled in every area of the legal profession and include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, politicians and more.


December 1, 2017

Contact: Bernetta J. Hayes, Director

Prelaw Programs Operations – 240.582.8600 x203