2019 CLEO EDGE Honors reception • Thursday, November 7 • washington, DC 

The CLEO EDGE Honors

Recognizing Exemplary Standard of Education, Diversity and Greater Equality In the Legal Profession


 In 2019, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) will recognize and honor a total of nine individuals, law schools, law firms, corporations, associations, etc. that have made significant accomplishments, or demonstrated commitments, to Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality in the legal profession.

General Information 

Called the CLEO EDGE Award, each of the “pillars” will be feted at the 2019 CLEO EDGE Honors reception in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 7th. Also, on this night, we will bestow the second CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award, which is slated to be presented to a worthy recipient by Mr. Jordan himself.

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Award Process

A call for nominations will be sent to law schools, firms, individuals, organizations, and other legal entities.

To be considered for an award, the nominator (or nominee) must complete this application.

Call for Nominations

Nominee Criteria

A nominee can be recommended for more than one award with the letter of support explaining how the nominee fulfills the various criteria. Additional application requirements include:

  • Nomination Narrative (500 words max) – a description of the specific achievements which demonstrate significant accomplishment for which the nominee is being nominated and the time frame.
  • Letters of support and/or additional supporting material, e.g. copies of media coverage or past public recognition, etc. may also be submitted but are not required.  

Submission Timeline


Nominations will be accepted until June 15, 2019. Applications must be submitted via our online nomination form. 


The CLEO EDGE Honors Selection Committee will review all nominations and make recommendations to the CLEO Board, which will then select the awardees.

CLEO EDGE Honors Reception

Awardees will be honored at the CLEO EDGE Honors reception on November 7, 2019, in Washington, DC.

If you have questions or need additional information on the CLEO EDGE Honors reception, please contact Leigh Allen II, Vice President, Marketing and Development, 240-582-8600, ext. 201 or Lallen@cleoinc.org.

Ready to submit a nomination?

Nomination form

Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.

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