CLEO names 2020 Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Civil Rights Scholarship recipients

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) has selected their 2020 Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Civil Rights Scholars. Five outstanding first-year law students who are passionate about protecting the civil rights of all Americans have been awarded a $500 scholarship. The scholarship is named to honor Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., attorney, noted civil rights leader/activist, an advisor to presidents, businessman, and a board member to several Fortune 500 companies. Each scholar was selected after displaying academic achievement, extra-curricular participation, and writing an essay on how he/she would use their law degree to advance civil rights.

Applications were accepted from students who attended CLEO’s 1L Prep - Attitude Is Essential pre-law seminar during the summer. After receiving more than 150 applications, the scholarship committee selected the five finalists.  This is the first time CLEO has awarded this scholarship.

Among the recipients was Chanel Taylor who is attending University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit.

“Being an advocate is central to who I am because it is proactive, solution-based, and forward-thinking,” Taylor said. “Becoming a lawyer will open me up to a variety of fields and, whether I work as an attorney, a field director, an elected official, and/or lead a non-profit, I will always keep advocacy at the center of my work. Challenging the status-quo and boldly pursuing social advancement is a lifelong battle that I am ready to fight!”

Founded in 1968, CLEO Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to inspire, motivate, and prepare students from underrepresented communities to succeed in law school and beyond.  Additional information about CLEO and its programs can be found at


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