Established 1968

54 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 30,000 individuals have participated in a CLEO program and/or utilized an offered service.

2022 CLEO EDGE Honors Reception Committee

Samantha Ahuja

Chair

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Elizabeth Campbell

Deloitte Consulting, LLP

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

Brandy Smith

Lincoln Financial Group

Juan Carlos Polanco, Esq., MBA

CEO

CLEO, Inc.


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, Inc. Board of Directors

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)

DELOITTE CONSULTING, LLP

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

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

META

CLEO Staff

JUAN CARLOS 'J.C.' POLANCO, ESQ., MBA
JUAN CARLOS 'J.C.' POLANCO, ESQ., MBA

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BERNETTA HAYES
BERNETTA HAYES

DIRECTOR, PRELAW PROGRAM OPERATIONS

LEIGH R. ALLEN II
LEIGH R. ALLEN II

VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT

JULIE D. LONG
JULIE D. LONG

DIRECTOR, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

LYNDA CEVALLOS
LYNDA CEVALLOS

DIRECTOR, PRELAW EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

MANIKA HEILIG
MANIKA HEILIG

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CLICKS MENTORING PROGRAM

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