Blank Rome’s Washington Office Partners with Thurgood Marshall Academy

October 8, 2015

Press Release

UPDATE: On October 27, 2015, The National Law Journal, Legal Times, featured Blank Rome's partnership with Thurgood Marshall Academy in their article, High School Students Learn Finesse of Lawyering from Washington's Top Litigators.

Blank Rome LLP’s Washington, D.C., office is pleased to announce it has partnered with Thurgood Marshall Academy (“TMA”), a college-preparatory public charter high school located in Anacostia, to provide TMA’s students with tutoring services, educational training and resources, and job shadowing opportunities throughout the school year. As part of the partnership, Blank Rome will also sponsor TMA’s Shining Star Gala, an annual event that celebrates TMA’s students’ “journeys beyond the classroom” and features student demonstrations, a silent auction, and stories of inspiration to help support the school’s mission. Blank Rome is one of six local D.C. law firms to partner with TMA, and currently has over 15 attorneys and professional staff members who are actively engaged with the academy for monthly after-school tutoring sessions.

“We are proud to be part of such an important community program that benefits our local D.C. students,” stated Gregory F. Linsin, Administrative Partner of Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C., office, and Partner in the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations group. “Our attorneys and professional staff are committed to inspiring TMA’s students to advance their high school education as well as explore a potential career in the legal profession. As the school year progresses, we look forward to engaging with the students in more tutoring opportunities and related activities.”

Thurgood Marshall Academy serves nearly 400 students annually, over 90 percent of whom live in Wards 7 and 8, communities with the most poverty and fewest resources in the District. Founded in 2001, TMA prepares students to succeed in college and its curriculum emphasizes elements of law and justice throughout all subject areas. While TMA’s goal is not that every student becomes a lawyer, the school encourages all their students to develop their own voices and learn the skills lawyers have—the ability to solve complex problems, think critically, and advocate persuasively.

TMA has graduated over 400 students since its first class received diplomas in 2005; 100 percent have been accepted to college; over 90 percent attend college within the first year of high school graduation; and 94 percent of alumni persist from freshman year to sophomore year in college, as well as graduate college at rates five times higher than their neighborhood peers. To learn more, please visit http://thurgoodmarshallacademy.org.

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