CLEO, Inc.


Empowering Diversity:
CLEO President and CEO, Juan Carlos Polanco, at the DEIB Power the Pipeline Conference 2023

We’re delighted to spotlight the recent participation of Juan Carlos Polanco, our very own President and CEO of The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), as a distinguished panelist at the New York City Bar Association’s DEIB Power the Pipeline Conference 2023.

The conference, hosted by the DEIB Office, marked its First Annual Power the Pipeline event, focusing on developing meaningful opportunities in the legal profession for underrepresented students—an initiative that aligns seamlessly with CLEO’s mission.


The day featured invaluable insights from expert practitioners, including Lydiette Diaz, Roger Blissett, David Sarnoff, Alison Overseth, and, notably, our very own JC Polanco. As a panelist on the “Pipelines on Pipelines Panel,” Polanco contributed to a pivotal discussion exploring the multifaceted world of pipeline programs in the context of education and access.

The “Pipelines on Pipelines Panel” is a crucial forum that delves into the purpose, function, and practices of these essential programs. Polanco, with his wealth of experience and leadership at CLEO, provided diverse perspectives on the development and operation of pipeline programs. His insights were a beacon for attendees actively involved in intentional and sustained efforts to open doors of opportunity in a manner that benefits all.

In addition to Polanco’s contributions, attendees had the chance to connect with other influential figures in the DEI space, including DEI Committee members David Sarnoff (Committee Co-Chair) and June Witterschein.

We extend our congratulations to Juan Carlos Polanco and express our gratitude for his commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. His participation in the “Pipelines on Pipelines Panel” exemplifies the dedication of leaders like Polanco to create lasting positive change.

Stay tuned for more updates on CLEO’s impactful initiatives and our ongoing commitment to fostering a more inclusive legal landscape.


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 since had more than 30,000 high school, college, prelaw, and law students participate in its programs. CLEO alumni have excelled in every area of the legal profession to include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, and politicians. More information about CLEO, its 50+ year history, and its programs can be found at and


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Dominique Moss, M.Ed.
Director of Law School Initiatives
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