WASHINGTON, D.C.—For more than 45 years, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) has worked to make the law a more diverse profession by expanding opportunities for underrepresented persons to pursue a legal career. Some of those CLEO alumni have made it to the highest levels of the profession, and on November 12th, CLEO will honor a number of them for their contributions to their communities and the profession at the D.C. law offices of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
Seven members of the judiciary from the Mid-Atlantic region will be honored as the inaugural class of the “Judges of CLEO” Hall of Fame and feted in recognition of their outstanding legal careers. Six of the seven are CLEO alumni and the other, Judge Lee, is being inducted as an “honorary” CLEO alumnus. The members of the 2014 “Judges of CLEO” Hall of Fame class are:
- The Hon. Raymond A. Jackson
- The Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee
- The Hon. Kenia Seoane Lopez
- The Hon. Eileen A. Olds
- The Hon. Cleo E. Powell
- The Hon. Richard Roberts
- The Hon. Reggie B. Walton.
The 2014 Judges of CLEO Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12th at Womble Carlyle’s Washington D.C. Office (1200 19th St., NW #500).
CLEO is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups.
Since its inception in 1968, more than 10,000 students have participated in CLEO’s pre-law and law school academic support programs, successfully matriculated through law school, passed the bar exam and joined the legal profession. CLEO alumni, many who had less than traditional academic indicators of success, yet were given an opportunity to attend law school, are represented in every area of society, including: private law firms and corporations, law schools, federal and state judiciaries, and legislatures across the country. The influence of CLEO alumni in the legal profession, in particular and throughout the country in general, is an indication of the important role CLEO has played in helping to provide a voice to underrepresented groups.
For more information about CLEO and/or this event, please contact:
CLEO – 1101 Mercantile Ln., Suite 294, Largo, MD 20774 – 240-582-8600; 240-582-8605 (Fax) firstname.lastname@example.org; www.cleoscholars.org; www.cleodivercitynetwork.org