Twenty-one persons will receive the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.’s EDGE Pre-Law Scholarship Award to help students attend the 2020 Pre-Law Summer Institute. The awards were made possible by generous grants from the Walmart Legal Department; the law firms McCarter & English and Phelps Dunbar, LLP; a philanthropic organization, the Charles E. Griffin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation for Mississippi; and CLEO Board member Malcolm Morris.
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. was born in turbulent times much like these, in 1968. The Vietnam War. The assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Riots in major American cities. International student protests. John Carlos and Tommy Smith displaying the black power salute on the Olympic Stage in Mexico City. The election of Richard Nixon, the “law and order” president. And, it too was a leap year.
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from Inspire Change, the NFL’s social justice initiative. CLEO is one of only two new recipients this year. This award will allow CLEO to expand its virtual programming to more than 500 college, pre-law, and current law school students.
For the first time in its 52-year history, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) will host its major programs online to reach its diverse audiences during 2020 in response to the novel coronavirus.
“Like numerous nonprofit and for-profit organizations globally, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. has been seriously impacted by recent events related to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, CLEO’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our summer programs going virtual is in response to this unparalleled phenomenon.”
CLEO, like our law school partners, academic institutions, and legal education organizations, is concerned about the coronavirus outbreak and what it means for our students, our colleagues, and our team. We are monitoring the rapidly-evolving situation to stay abreast of the latest developments.
Elizabeth A. Campbell, Director, Inclusion & Diversity, for the Snacks Division of Campbell Soup Company, has been elected the Chair of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) Board of Directors. CLEO is the longest-serving national organization committed to diversity in legal education. An employment attorney, HR professional, and diversity and inclusion (D & I) leader, Campbell is also an author, speaker, and training facilitator on D&I and employment law-related topics.
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), the longest-serving national organization committed to diversity in the legal profession, recently launched the Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Civil Rights Scholarship to assist first-year law students who are passionate about protecting the civil rights of all Americans.
On Saturday, November 23, 2019, in a town hall setting at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, teenagers, along with their parents, from across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, will gather to discuss social justice issues that concern them.
CLEO has announced the recipients of the 2nd Annual CLEO EDGE Awards in Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality. Nine (9) honorees have been chosen from a host of individuals and entities for their accomplishments. CLEO created this recognition in 2018 to promote its focus on the aforementioned three “pillars,” which undergird the organization’s purpose and in recognition of its 50th Anniversary.