CLEO EDGE Honors

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Council On Legal Education Opportunity
CLEO, Inc.

56 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 32,000 individuals have participated in a CLEO program and/or utilized an offered service.

CLEO EDGE Awards Committee

Rachel Okloski, Rob Falk, Brandy Smith
Pam Rothenberg, Eduardo Reyes Chavez, and Elizabeth Campbell

CLEO Board of Directors

Our exceptional governing body that supports and guides CLEO forward to advance a sustainable future providing the resources, and expertise to advance the CLEO mission.
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SAMANTHA AHUJA

GREENBERG TRAURIG

ANGELA BIRCH COX (IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR)

HOUSTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, INC.

ELIZABETH A. CAMPBELL (CHAIR)

BEEBE HEALTHCARE

DARRYL L. FRANKLIN

HMSHOST

HAROLD HENDERSON

NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION

MALCOLM L. MORRIS

DEAN EMERITUS AND PROFESSOR OF LAW

RACHEL OKOLSKI

ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE COUNSEL

THE HONORABLE DENISE OWENS

FIFTH CHANCERY COURT  MISSISSIPPI

YANERIS M. ROSA

WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT (WWE)

PAMELA V. ROTHENBERG

WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON (US) LLP

BRANDY SMITH

LINCOLN FINANCIAL GROUP

BERNARDA VILLALONA

VILLALONA LAW, PLLC

CLEO Advisory Council

Advisory Council members provide their specialized expertise to advise and support the governance of the CLEO board and the management tasks carried out by the CLEO staff.
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Eduardo Reyes Chavez, Esq.

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Veronica N. Dunlap, Esq., MBA

ACLU of Maryland

Jennifer Jones

Goulston & Storrs P.C.

Jodi Morales, Esq.

The Law Office of Jodi Morales

India Sneed-Williams, Esq., MBA

IQEQ Law, PLLC

Meet The CLEO Staff

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Juan Carlos "J.C." Polanco, Esq., MBA

President & Chief Executive Officer

Sabrina Acloque, Esq.

Director of Development and Grants

Leigh R. Allen, II, MBA, MS

Chief Operating Officer

Julie D. Long, BS, CAP, PACE

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Lynda Cevallos, Esq.

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dominique Moss, M.Ed.

Director of Law School Initiatives