Nation - Council on Legal Education Opportunity wins 2010 Community Partner Award

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) announced recently that it has received the Community Partner Award 2010. The Community Partner Award 2010 is given by the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project of American University Washington College of Law in recognition of CLEO's "commitment to improving higher education awareness, access, and preparation among local high school students."

"It is my pleasure to recognize the Council on Legal Education Opportunity for their continued support of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project," said Maryam Ahranjani, Associate Director of the program. "CLEO's serious commitment to acquaint public high school students about the legal profession inspires our confidence and desire to expand our joint efforts. We commend CLEO's growing focus on reaching beyond their traditional audience to start inspiring students of color and other underrepresented students at a younger age to consider going to law school."

The Community Partner Award was given at the William H. Karchmer End-of-Year Ceremony. More than 100 high school students attended the ceremony to demonstrate their intellectual achievement through the presentation of entries about constitutional rights in the form of essays, poetry, art and t-shirt design. Cecilia Marshall, the widow of Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, also attended the ceremony. The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project sends second- and third-year law students into public high schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland to teach courses on constitutional law and juvenile justice. In recent years the program has expanded to law schools across the country.

"We are honored to receive this award on behalf of our new secondary school program," said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, the Executive Director of CLEO. "This award shows what can happen when partners in public schools, university education, and the legal profession work to build strong collaborative relationships. The Marshall-Brennan Program has recruited, encouraged, trained, and retained a diverse and broad range of legal professionals so that our young people have valuable experiences. CLEO is pleased to work with such an organization."

Posse D.C., a youth development program, was also a Community Partner Award recipient. Other awards presented were the Mary Beth Tinker Award and the Alumni of the Year Award. As a teenager, Mary Beth Tinker was suspended from school for wearing a black armband to protest the government's policy in Vietnam. The case -- Tinker v. Des Moines School District -- eventually went to the United States Supreme Court.

Published: Thu, Jun 10, 2010