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William A. Blakey (Buddy), Esquire


Buddy was a “social engineer” who devoted his life to serving the “underserved.” Whether he was marshalling through legislation to benefit historically black colleges and universities, participating in a mentoring program through his beloved fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, or brandishing the flags of his beloved alma maters, Knoxville College and Howard University School of Law, his greatest passion, without question, was helping young people further their education.

To learn more about Buddy's life and social engineering, please watch the short YouTube video below:



On January 8, 2011, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) awarded the inaugural William A. Blakey, Esquire – CLEO Diversity Scholarships to four deserving third-year CLEO law students. The $2,500 scholarships are intended to help offset the expense incurred when preparing for and taking the bar examination and are named in honor of our esteemed Chairman Emeritus, William “Buddy” Blakey.

(L-R)CLEO Associate Yaa Aba Acquaah; CLEO Fellow Diana Baquero; CLEO Associate Mujadala Abdul-Majid; CLEO Associate Barron Oda; Ms. Dana Anderson

For more information about the 2011 William A. Blakey  Scholarship winners please click here.

You can help keep Buddy’s legacy alive and assist CLEO in our ongoing effort to mold future generations of “social engineers” by making a contribution to the scholarship fund.  Click on the photo below to access the donation form. Thank you!


Buddy was actively involved in many endeavors. Three of which were his beloved fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, and his alma maters, Knoxville College and Howard University Law School. Please click on the links to learn more about each of these longstanding institutions.