WASHINGTON, D.C.—Womble Bond Dickinson (US) has been named an inaugural Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) EDGE Greater Equality Honoree. The 50 CLEO EDGE Greater Equality Honorees—16 organizations, 11 law schools, and 23 individuals—have championed increased access to opportunity for all Americans.

Womble Bond Dickinson is the only law firm honored as a 2018 CLEO EDGE Greater Equality Honoree. The firm joins such esteemed winners as former President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and former First Lady Michelle Obama as 2018 honorees.

The CLEO EDGE Awards recognize contributions to CLEO’s three main pillars: Education, Diversity and Greater Equality. The 50 Greater Equality award winners were selected from more than 200 nominees.

Founded in 1968, CLEO is devoted to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities for persons from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, low-income, and disadvantaged communities. The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Womble Bond Dickinson has long been a supporter of CLEO, and firm attorney Pam Rothenberg is a member of CLEO’s eight-person Board of Directors.

“We are committed to furthering CLEO’s tremendous work in building and sustaining a diversity pipeline that will enable the legal profession to more fairly and inclusively reflect the communities it serves,” Rothenberg said. “For 50 years, CLEO has opened the doors of opportunity to deserving and underrepresented students from all backgrounds. We are proud to support CLEO in this mission, and honored to be one of the first CLEO EDGE Greater Equality Honorees.”

The honorees will be recognized at a Nov. 15 Awards Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C. The event also will see the attorney and former Presidential Advisor Vernon Jordan honored with the inaugural CLEO EDGE Heritage Award for his more than 50 years of contributions to all three pillars.