CLEO, Inc.


Major Law Firms and Corporations Are Among CLEO EDGE Reception Sponsors
Funds Benefit Under-Represented Law Students

Alexandria, VA – November 14, 2022 – The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), widely renowned for its mission “to inspire, motivate, and prepare students from underrepresented communities to succeed in law school and beyond,” is excited to announce  the sponsors of the 4th Annual CLEO EDGE Honors Reception & Awards Program in the three pillar categories of Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality, as well as the CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award. The event will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the law offices of Greenberg Traurig, 2101 L Street, NW,  Suite 1000, Washington, DC, from 6-8pm ET.

“These sponsorships represent the support of CLEO by the greater legal community,” said Juan Carlos “J.C.” Polanco, the Chief Executive Officer of CLEO.  “Their backing will open many new opportunities for young diverse persons to study the law and make a difference in our society. We sincerely thank all of them for their generosity towards CLEO’s premier networking event, as well as our many kind event benefactors!”

The 2022 CLEO EDGE Honors Reception & Awards Program sponsors are:

  • Greenberg Traurig (Host sponsor)
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Google
  • Womble Bond Dickinson
  • ACC Foundation
  • AccessLex Institute
  • HMSHost
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • GEICO Philanthropic Foundation
  • UCONN School of Law
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • Goulston & Storrs
  • Mayer Brown
  • Shook, and Hardy & Bacon

 Benefactors include: Elizabeth Campbell; Angela Birch Cox; Harold & Franzine Henderson; Robert Falk; Darryl Franklin; Phyllis Harris (via Harris Family Fund); Monique Liburd; Bob & Denise Owens; Juan Carlos Polanco; Yaneris Rosa; and Pamela Rothenberg

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 28,000 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 and its programs can be found at Additionally, to listen to episodes of the new CLEO EDGE Podcast, please click here:

Media Contact:
Bernetta J. Hayes

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