Leo Trujillo-Cox ’97, the founding executive director of UCLA School of Law’s Law Fellows Program, has won a prestigious national honor for his decades of leadership in diversifying the legal profession.
Trujillo-Cox is among 50 inaugural CLEO EDGE (Education, Diversity and Greater Equality) Award honorees, as selected by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity. He will receive the award at CLEO’s 50th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15. Other honorees include Anita Hill, Harvard Law School professors Lani Guinier and Charles Ogletree, and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.
CLEO was founded in 1968 to expand access to law school for minority and low-income students.
Trujillo-Cox runs the Law Fellows Program from UCLA Law’s Academic Outreach Resource Center with fellow UCLA Law alum Monica Mar ’08, who is also a former law fellow. Since its inception in 1997, the program has hosted more than 1,700 students from a wide array of undergraduate schools. Nearly 750 of those fellows have gone on to law school, including more than 160 at UCLA Law.
Last month, Trujillo-Cox and the Law Fellows Program received the ChangeLawyer Award for 2018 from California ChangeLawyers, in recognition of their ongoing efforts to promote diversity and champion underrepresented college students who are interested in pursuing careers in the law.