17th Annual Shining Star Gala

Thurgood Marshall Academy

Blank Rome is proud to be a sponsor of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s 17th Annual Shining Star Gala, which will be held on Thursday, April 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in celebration of TMA’s mission of providing equal opportunity and education to all of its high school students, instilling within each student an understanding of democracy and advocacy for themselves and for others. The gala will feature student demonstrations, a silent auction, and stories of inspiration to help support TMA’s mission.

Named after Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the academy is a college-preparatory public charter high school located in ward 8’s historic Anacostia neighborhood. Since its inception in 2005, TMA has graduated over 400 students, of which 100 percent have been accepted to college and over 90 percent attend college within the first year of high school graduation. Most notable, TMA alumni are graduating college at rates five times higher than their neighborhood peers, truly fulfilling the school’s mission and changing their communities. For more information, please visit

Blank Rome has been actively involved with the TMA community since 2015, partnering with the academy to provide its students with tutoring services, educational training and resources, and job shadowing opportunities throughout the school year. The Firm is proud to be one of the handful of law firms in the Washington, D.C., area 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.

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