Vernon Jordan Jr. to Receive Inaugural CLEO EDGE Heritage Award

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump senior counsel Vernon Jordan Jr. has been named the inaugural recipient of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.’s CLEO EDGE Heritage Award.

The award will honor a person who has “demonstrated outstanding leadership in Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality in the legal profession and society,” according to the organization.

After its initial presentation, the award will thereafter be named the “CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award” in commemoration of Mr. Jordan’s lifetime achievements.

Of this honor, Mr. Jordan said, “One of my goals in life is to help young lawyers achieve their dreams as I was helped to achieve mine.  The mission of CLEO to increase the number of diverse lawyers in the legal profession is consistent with that goal.  This Lifetime Achievement Award honors not only me, but more importantly, all who have worked tirelessly to achieve diversity in the legal profession.  I am, therefore, greatly honored to receive this Award and even more honored to have it named after me.”

The 50th anniversary CLEO EDGE Awards Gala will be held on November 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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