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Education Reception Kicks Off CLEO 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Largo, MD – March 12, 2018 – The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) has announced the Houston Host Committee for its Education Reception to be held April 26, 2018, at the Downtown Club of Houston.  Houston is the first site of CLEO’s 50th anniversary celebrations, which include three receptions and a gala in Washington, DC.  The committee is composed of an array of community and national leaders.  Celebrating the theme, “The CLEO EDGE: 50 Years of Championing Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality in the Legal Profession,” the Houston Reception will focus on individuals, organizations, and other legal entities that have had a significant impact on legal education.  The Houston Host Committee members are:

Sofia Adrogué
Diamond McCarthy LLP

Benny Agosto, Jr.
Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz

Gary Bledsoe
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Elizabeth Campbell

Jennifer Collins
SMU Dedman School of Law

John Crump
NBA Crump Law Camp

Algenita Scott Davis
Texas Southern University

Ward Farnsworth
NBA Crump Law Camp

Yvette Gatling
Littler Mendelson P.C.

The Honorable Al Green
U.S. House of Representatives (TX)

Donald J. Guter
South Texas College of Law Houston

Sammy Hooda
McCarthy & Holthus, LLP

The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
U.S. House of Representatives (TX)

Valerie James
University of Texas North Dallas

Dennis Kennedy
National Diversity Council

Kent Lollis
Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

Richard Matasar
Tulane University

Thomas W. Mitchell
Texas A & M University School of Law

Ana Otero
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

John Pierre
Southern University Law Center

Gordon Quan
Quan Law Group

Hector Reyes
Reyes and Reyes

Stephen Sheppard
St. Mary’s University School of Law

Walter Sutton
Sutton Consulting

Sondra Tennessee
University of Houston Law Center

The Honorable Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux
Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal

CLEO will salute its history with a gala reception in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2018; and regional receptions centered on the key pillars of the CLEO mission: the “Education” Reception (Houston, TX, April 26, 2018); the “Diversity” Reception (San Francisco, CA, June 5, 2018); and the “Greater Equality” Reception (New York, NY, September 12, 2018).

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 produced more than 10,000 individuals who have excelled in every area of the legal profession and include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, politicians and more.  2018 is CLEO’s golden anniversary.  More information about CLEO’s 50th Anniversary can be found at

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