Supreme Court press release letterhead
July 12, 2010
Contact: Kathryn Dolan

California Student Attends Indiana Supreme Court Program to Prepare For Law School

Cecilia Lopez, currently of South Bend and originally from California, is one of thirty students participating in the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) Summer Institute at University of Notre Dame Law School.  ICLEO 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.

Miss Lopez is the daughter of Hilario and Celia Lopez from Los Angeles, California.  She is a 2000 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles.   Lopez was active in softball, volleyball, cheerleading and Early College Academy.  She is a 2010 graduate of the University of California-Riverside with a degree in both political science and law and society.   Lopez plans to attend Valparaiso University School of Law in the fall and was honored to be named an ICLEO Fellow.  “As a first generation college graduate, my immediate family never quite understood the importance of continuing my education.  ICLEO has not only prepared me for law school, it has also given me the confidence and support to excel.”

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, “Indiana CLEO encourages young adults with promise to enter the legal field.  The program provides training and mentoring to help the students succeed.  The end result is an Indiana legal community enriched with the talents and enthusiasm of these young people.” 

Each year, Indiana CLEO accepts approximately 30 college graduates into the program.  The students attend a six-week Summer Institute held at an Indiana law school.  This year, the program is at University of Notre Dame Law School.  The Summer Institute prepares the students for the rigors of law school with a challenging curriculum and tips for professional development.  After successful completion of the Summer Institute, students are eligible for an annual stipend ranging from $6,500 - $9,000 for each year of law school.  After graduation, ICLEO Fellows have a supportive network of legal mentors. The Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration provides staff support and financial management of the program. 

Media interested in speaking to an ICLEO Fellow should contact Indiana Supreme Court Public Information Officer, Kathryn Dolan at  For information about the application process, contact the Indiana CLEO office at (317) 232-2542.  More information is also available online at

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