James B. O'Neal
Attorney; Founder, Legal Outreach
In 1983, less than a year removed from law school, James B. O'Neal cofounded Legal Outreach, a college-preparatory organization that uses a law curriculum to reach out to teenage students in New York's South Bronx, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Harlem neighborhoods, helping them address problems within their communities. It is still going strong, and O'Neal remains executive director.
Building on the model, Legal Outreach established College Bound, a comprehensive, four-year program aimed at students from underserved communities who wanted to continue their education beyond high school. Since the graduation of the first College Bound class in 1993, 336 students have completed the program and 99.4 percent have attended college.