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UCLA School of Law Receives Diversity Pioneer Award from Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)

  Leo Trujillo-Cox (right) pictured with Nerissa Shklov Skillman, assistant professor and director of academic support at Catholic University Columbus School of Law and Cassandra Sneed Ogden, CLEO's executive director. September 12, 2008 -- UCLA School of Law was awarded an inaugural Diversity Pioneer Award by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). Leo Trujillo-Cox, executive director of academic outreach and development and associate director of admissions and recruitment at UCLA School of Law, accepted the award on behalf of UCLA Law during a reception held in San Francisco in July.

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, CLEO initiated Legacy Justice Fund Awards to recognize persons or organizations whose efforts and activities to advance the cause of diversity within the legal profession are directly in line with those of CLEO. Specifically, the Diversity Pioneer Awards were presented to commemorate the first CLEO Summer Institutes in 1968, and were presented to its original partner institutions. In addition to UCLA School of Law, University of Denver College of Law, Emory University Law School and Harvard Law School received the award. 

In 1968, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) was founded as a non-profit project of the American Bar Association (ABA) Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. Over the past 40 years, more than 7,000 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. In addition, more than 140 ABA-accredited law schools are members of the CLEO Consortium on Diversity in Legal Education.