Established 1968

53 Years of Championing
Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality
in the Legal Profession

Founded in 1968 when the number of lawyers of color was less than one percent, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) has worked to increase the number of lawyers from diverse backgrounds for the last half century. Although best known for its Pre-Law Summer Institute “boot camp,” CLEO provides services to high school, pre-law, and law school students which include mentoring, placement assistance, academic counseling and support, scholarships, and bar prep orientation. Since inception, more than 27,000 individuals have participated in a CLEO program and/or utilized an offered service.

2021 CLEO EDGE Honors Reception Committee

Brandy Smith

Chair

Lincoln Financial Group

Samantha Ahuja

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Elizabeth Campbell

Campbell Soup Company

Kevin Gooch

Holland & Knight & LLP - US

Monique Liburd

Google, LLC

Rachel Okolski

Association of Corporate Counsel

THE HONORABLE DENISE OWENS

Fifth Chancery Court, Mississippi

Yaneris Rosa

WWE, Inc.

PAMELA V. ROTHENBERG

Womble Bond Dickinson


Other Prospective Committee Members

ACADEMIA
Danielle Holley-Walker

Howard University School of Law

Shon Hopwood

Georgetown Law Center

Regina Jefferson

Catholic University of America – CSL

William Treanor

Georgetown Law Center

PRIVATE SECTOR
Regina Dillard

State Farm Insurance – National Bar Institute

Kevyn Orr

Jones Day

Anthony Pierce

Akin Gump

Bill Robinson

GEICO

NON-PROFIT/NGO
Kent Lollis

Law School Admission Council

Susan Hoffman

DC Bar Association (Pres.-Elect) – Crowell & Moring

Moses Cook

DC Law Students in Court

Alba Cruz-Hacker

Hispanic National Bar Association

CLEO Board of Directors

ARTHUR G. AFFLECK, III
ARTHUR G. AFFLECK, III

AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS

ANGELA BIRCH-COX (Immediate Past Chair)
ANGELA BIRCH-COX (Immediate Past Chair)

HOUSTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, INC.

ELIZABETH A. CAMPBELL (Chair)
ELIZABETH A. CAMPBELL (Chair)

CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY

ROBERT FALK
ROBERT FALK

TRUTH INITIATIVE

DARRYL L. FRANKLIN
DARRYL L. FRANKLIN

HMSHOST

KEVIN GOOCH
KEVIN GOOCH

HOLLAND & KNIGHT & LLP - US

PHYLLIS P. HARRIS
PHYLLIS P. HARRIS

AMERICAN RED CROSS

HAROLD HENDERSON
HAROLD HENDERSON

NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION

MONIQUE LIBURD
MONIQUE LIBURD

GOOGLE, LLC

MALCOLM L. MORRIS
MALCOLM L. MORRIS

DEAN EMERITUS AND PROFESSOR OF LAW

THE HONORABLE DENISE OWENS
THE HONORABLE DENISE OWENS

FIFTH CHANCERY COURT, MISSISSIPPI

YANERIS M. ROSA
YANERIS M. ROSA

WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (WWE)

PAMELA V. ROTHENBERG
PAMELA V. ROTHENBERG

WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON

BRANDY SMITH
BRANDY SMITH

LINCOLN FINANCIAL GROUP

ZOHRA TEJANI
ZOHRA TEJANI

TONG TEJANI PLLC

CLEO Advisory Council

SAMANTHA AHUJA
SAMANTHA AHUJA

GREENBERG TRAURIG

SAMMY HOODA
SAMMY HOODA

MARINOSCI & BAXTER | MARINOSCI LAW GROUP

RON JORDAN
RON JORDAN

CARTER-WHITE & SHAW

WILHELM JOSEPH, JR.
WILHELM JOSEPH, JR.

LEGAL AID BUREAU, INC. – MARYLAND LEGAL AID

ROBIN NUNN
ROBIN NUNN

MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP

RACHEL OKOLSKI
RACHEL OKOLSKI

ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE COUNSEL

ELKE SUBER
ELKE SUBER

SENIOR IP ATTORNEY

CLEO Staff

LEIGH R. ALLEN II
LEIGH R. ALLEN II

VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT

LYNDA CEVALLOS
LYNDA CEVALLOS

DIRECTOR, PRELAW EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

BERNETTA HAYES
BERNETTA HAYES

DIRECTOR, PRELAW PROGRAM OPERATIONS

JULIE D. LONG
JULIE D. LONG

DIRECTOR, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

MANIKA HEILIG
MANIKA HEILIG

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CLICKS MENTORING PROGRAM


Thank you to our 2021 event sponsors:

Reflections from our previous CLEO EDGE Honorees

I very much appreciate the honor and the outstanding work CLEO does on behalf of the legal community!

Reyes Aguilar
Associate Dean, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law

We are honored to be an inaugural CLEO EDGE Honoree in the area of Diversity. We also congratulate CLEO on celebrating its 50thAnniversary of brining greater diversity to the legal profession!

Brent McCune, M.S., J.D.
Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute, The University of Texas at El Paso

We are honored to be an inaugural CLEO EDGE Honoree in the area of Diversity. We also congratulate CLEO on celebrating its 50thAnniversary of brining greater diversity to the legal profession!

Roderick (“Rick”) Palmore
Senior Counsel, Dentons US, LLP
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