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Stetson honored by CLEO for helping diversify the legal profession


Stetson University College of Law was honored in the nation’s capital by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity for helping diversify the legal profession. CLEO honored Stetson during the fall semester among 45 law schools, 45 law firms, corporations, associations and 45 individuals who played a critical role in the financial viability of CLEO since 2000.

Stetson was included in the inaugural group of William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architects named in honor of CLEO’s esteemed late Council Chairman Emeritus William A. “Buddy” Blakey, who dedicated much of his professional life to ensuring that the educational “pipeline” was readily accessible to all promising students.

Professor Darryl C. Wilson accepted the honor on Sept. 26 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. during CLEO’s 45th anniversary celebration.

CLEO is a nonprofit entity of the American Bar Association whose mission is to diversify the legal profession. Established in 1968, CLEO has been at the forefront of helping minority, low-income and disadvantaged students gain access to law school, successfully matriculate and pass the bar exam.

Among Stetson Law’s entering 2013 J.D. class, 20% of students were minorities and 53.5% were female.