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30th Annual LEO Celebration -- Creating an Endowed Future

candlesEstablished in 1977 to provide educationally disadvantaged individuals with the opportunity to succeed in law school, the Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) program has developed an impressive track record. Since its inception, the program has graduated numerous successful attorneys, including: 

  • Louis Acevedo, ’85, Deputy Public Defender, Bergen County Trial Region

  • Karol Corbin Walker, ’86, Shareholder of LeClairRyan and former New Jersey State Bar Association President.

  • Michael Shipp, ’94, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey.

  • Andy Camacho, ‘03 Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice.

On October 30th, the Law School will hold a special LEO Program 30th anniversary celebration to recognize the success of LEO alumni and the LEO program, as well as to build an endowed scholarship fund for future LEO students.

Several alumni who have donated to the LEO Alumni Scholarship over the years are supporting the initiative to raise at least $50,000 to endow the scholarship. This permanent fund, which will be known as the LEO Alumni Endowed Scholarship will ensure that vital financial assistance remains available to LEO students for generations to come.

The LEO program provides academic support through a variety of methods. Students participate in classes during a two week pre-orientation LEO Institute to familiarize them with first-year law core courses, workshops on studying, writing, and researching skills; and sessions on adjusting to law school. During their first year in law school, the students then participate in Seton Hall Law’s Academic Success program so they can continue to develop their skills. 

The anniversary celebration begins with a pre-reception and tour of the law school at 6 p.m. and a formal program with dinner and dancing at The Newark Club beginning at 7 p.m.  

For program information or to register, contact Lori Thimmel at thimmelo@shu.edu, or 973-642-8711. To support the LEO Alumni Endowed Scholarship and event sponsorship opportunities, contact Andrea DeChellis at dechelan@shu.edu, or 973-642-8092.