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James B. O’Neal

James O’Neal , as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Legal Outreach, Inc., has battled the educational pipeline crisis for over two and half decades and is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that progress in diversity continues into future generations. Founded by O’Neal in 1983, Legal Outreach is an intensive law-related college preparatory organization that prepares New York City middle and high school students to compete at high academic levels and facilitate their pursuit of higher education. Legal Outreach's mission is accomplished through two core programs, “Law-Related Education,” which introduces junior high school students to the power of the law and the operations of the legal system, and “College Bound,” an intensive four-year academic enrichment and support program for LRE participants interested in preparing for college and the pursuit of professional careers. Of the College Bound participants, 100 % graduate high school in four years, as compared to 60% of all New York City high school students and 77.8% of high school students nationally. Over 99.5% of College Bound students matriculate at colleges across the U.S., with more than half attending top-ranked institutions. A byproduct of Mr. O’Neal’s aim to foster vision, confidence and a passion for law and education in students is that the mentoring lawyers enrolled in Legal Outreach’s program begin to view and value these students as the next generation of potential clients and lawyers of their firms. Forging connections with law schools, colleges and high schools, as well as the City Bar, to broaden the diversity pipeline, James O’Neal has become a true advocate for change in the New York legal community.