Adam Willfond of Beverly Shores is one of about thirty students participating in the 2010 Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Summer Institute in Valparaiso, Indiana. CLEO is a program designed to assist Indiana minority, low income or educationally disadvantaged college graduates in pursuing a law degree and a career in the Indiana legal community.
Willfond is the son of William and Susan Willfond of Northwest Indiana. He is a 2004 graduate of Portage High School where he was active in music and community volunteering. He is a 2008 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in History and Spanish. Willfond received merit-based scholarships throughout his undergraduate career and studied in Spain. He plans to attend Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in the fall and was honored to be named a CLEO Fellow. “This is truly a wonderful opportunity, and I am humbled and elated to have been selected. I look forward to working with the other Fellows during the summer and beyond.”
Indiana CLEO was established in 1997 by the Indiana General Assembly and Governor Frank O’Bannon at the urging of Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. Chief Justice Shepard explained, “Over the past 13 years CLEO has encouraged young adults with promise to enter the legal field. These are students who traditionally do not turn to a career choice in the legal arena, but with CLEO as a spring board they are successful. I’m proud of each student and excited to see what talents the newest CLEO class brings to the legal community.”
Each year, Indiana CLEO accepts approximately 30 college graduates into the program. The students attend a six-week Summer Institute held at one of the four Indiana law schools. This year, the program is at Valparaiso University School of Law. CLEO is designed to prepare the students for the rigors of their upcoming law school experience. The students are introduced to areas of law which they will encounter during their first year of law school. They take part in a challenging curriculum and receive tips for law school success and professional development. The Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration provides staff support and financial management for CLEO.
After successful completion of the Indiana CLEO Summer Institute, students are eligible for an annual stipend ranging from $6,500 - $9,000. Stipends may be awarded for up to three successive years if the student remains eligible. After graduation, CLEO Fellows continue to have a supportive network of legal mentors comprised of alumni and program supporters.
Media interested in speaking to a CLEO Fellow or interested in learning more about the program can contact Indiana Supreme Court Public Information Officer, Kathryn Dolan at email@example.com. For information about the application process, please contact the Indiana CLEO office at (317) 232-2542 or (800) 452-9963. More information is available online at courts.in.gov/cleo.