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Judge Reggie B. Walton to give special remarks at the April 11th CLEO EDGE Honors Reception and Awards Program

Alexandria, VA — April 5, 2024 — The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), is proud to announce that the Honorable Reggie B. Walton, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, will give special remarks at the 5th Annual CLEO EDGE Honors & Awards Program. The event will take place the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2024.

A proud 1971 alumnus of the CLEO program, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State University, Judge Walton earned his Juris Doctorate from American University – Washington College of Law in 1974. A deserving recipient of numerous professional accolades and accomplishments, including, being an inaugural inductee in the “CLEO Judges Hall of Fame,” Judge Walton has a lengthy and distinguished career in public service. After being a non-profit staff attorney out of law school, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for five years before being appointed to the bench as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1981. He has since held numerous roles in the judiciary, up to and including his current seat on the federal bench.

J.C. Polanco, CLEO, Inc. President and CEO said, “We are beyond excited that the accomplished Judge Walton will be joining us in Washington, DC for our premier event on April 11th! We appreciate him taking the time to attend this annual gathering as we celebrate CLEO’s impact on our legal profession. We are grateful to be able to call him a CLEO alumnus!”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Advisory Council members, I share our CEO’s enthusiastic support for Judge Walton’s accomplishments,” said Elizabeth A. Campbell, CLEO, Inc. Board Chair. “CLEO’s pipeline programs provide the critical educational stepping stones to success in law school and beyond. We are thrilled to have ‘CLEO Scholar’ Judge Walton join us at our flagship event!”

“I have the greatest appreciation for CLEO, and their contributions to my legal career. Without CLEO’s assistance, I may not have been able to attend law school and pursue the career opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to receive,” said Judge Reggie B. Walton, 1971 CLEO Alumnus.

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About the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) is a 501(c)(3), national non-profit organization that was founded in 1968 to expand opportunities for historically underrepresented students to attend law school. Since its inception, CLEO’s pipeline programs have assisted more than 32,000 students.