Published on April 5, 2024

Hon. Phyllis D. Thompson to Receive CLEO EDGE Award

Press Release

MADISON, WISCONSIN, April 5, 2024—Hon. Phyllis D. Thompson will be honored by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) with a CLEO EDGE award at a reception and awards program next week in Washington, DC.

Judge Thompson, a Senior Judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE); she also chaired NCBE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for many years. She will be one of four individuals recognized by CLEO for their accomplishments and commitment to education, diversity, and greater equality in the legal profession.

“This is an important recognition of Judge Thompson’s accomplishments,” said Judith Gundersen, NCBE President and CEO. “Over the course of her distinguished career she has made significant, wide-ranging contributions to the legal profession, and the work she has done in support of diversity and equity in the profession and beyond is profoundly important.” 

The CLEO EDGE Honors Reception will be held Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. eastern time. More information is available at

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About the National Conference of Bar Examiners

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1931. NCBE promotes fairness, integrity, and best practices in bar admissions for the benefit and protection of the public, in pursuit of its vision of a competent, ethical, and diverse legal profession. Best known for developing bar exam content used by 54 US jurisdictions, NCBE serves admission authorities, courts, the legal education community, and candidates by providing high-quality assessment products, services, and research; character investigations; and informational and educational resources and programs. In 2026, NCBE will launch the next generation of the bar examination, ensuring that the exam continues to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent entry-level legal practice in a changing profession. For more information, visit the NCBE website at