Annual LEO Banquet

The Law School is committed to enrolling the strongest and most diverse class possible -- diverse in every way, with respect to life and work experiences, interests, skills, and backgrounds. And as you may know, we are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse law schools in the country. Each year our current students, faculty and alums from across the country gather for the Legal Educational Opportunities (LEO) Banquet as we celebrate our successes and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining one of the most interesting and dynamic learning environments in the country. This year's LEO Banquet will be hosted by the Black Law Students Association and will be celebrating LEO's 46th anniversary.  

The LEO Program was established in 1967 to address issues of diversity within the student body. The support of the LEO Community as a whole has been instrumental in our continued ability to enroll diverse incoming classes. A testament to the efforts of current students, alums, faculty and staff is the fact that we maintain an average of over 20% students of color in the student body year after year.

You are cordially invited to the

 46th Annual Legal Education Opportunities Banquet

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin

Reception 6 to 7 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Cory Nettles

Hosted by BLSA
University of Wisconsin Law School

Registration fee: $25 per student, $40 per non-student

Registration for this event has closed. For more information on registering,
please contact Kimberly Raether at

Directions and Parking

Directions to the Madison Concourse Hotel

Parking: The hotel offers an indoor parking garage. The current rate is $10 per night. Additional parking is available across the street at the State Street Capitol ramp (214 N. Carroll Street).

Room Block: Make your room reservation by calling 800-356-8293. To receive the special LEO Banquet room rate, please ask for the "LEO Banquet room block" when making your reservations.

Speaker Biography

Cory L. Nettles is the Founder and Managing Director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., a private equity fund focused on buyouts and providing growth capital to small businesses and lower-middle market companies in the upper Midwest. Nettles also is Of Counsel at Quarles & Brady LLP in the Corporate Services and Government Relations groups. Nettles recently served as Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. As Secretary of Commerce, Nettles was the “point man” on business and economic development for the State of Wisconsin. Nettles managed a wide range of issues, including negotiating a $500 million venture capital package, negotiating banking and commercial lending legislation, and negotiating regulatory reform legislation.

Nettles currently serves as a board member for several corporate and nonprofit organizations, including Weyco Group, Inc., Robert W. Baird's Baird Funds, Inc., the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Partners Advancing Values in Education (“PAVE”), Teach For America, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation,the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Usher’s New Look Foundation, and Associated Bank, among others. Nettles also served as a Senior Advisor to Baird Private Equity and he served on the boards of Lawrence University and The Private Bank-Wisconsin.

Nettles graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI (1992), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School (1996). He has received several awards and distinctions, including the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (post graduate research in Africa and the former Soviet Union); University of Wisconsin-Madison LEO Fellow, Dean's List, Ethel Brown Award, Mathys Memorial Award for Appellate Advocacy, Abe Sigman Award for Scholarship and Character; North Milwaukee State Bank Trail Blazer Award; Alpha Kappa Alpha Connection 2003 Trail Blazer Award. Nettles also was named a “Wisconsin Super Lawyer Rising Star 2007”, and he’s a 40 Under 40 Award Recipient.

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