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Patricia O'Connell
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WRF to Sponsor “Law Day” Program for D.C. Charter School

July 14, 2006

Washington, DC—Wiley Rein & Fielding will join the Courts, Lawyers and Administration of Justice section of the D.C. Bar in sponsoring the 2006 summer “Law Day” program for Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public charter high school in the District.  Through the Law Day program, students entering high school at Thurgood Marshall Academy are introduced to legal topics and problem solving.

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s unique “law-related” approach to education regularly integrates issues of justice, law and government into the curriculum.  WRF has supported the Law Day events for several years as one of its pro bono initiatives.  This year’s summer Law Day will take place at D.C. Superior Court, where the students will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with judges as well as complete exercises on legal issues that relate to the students’ everyday lives.

Thurgood Marshall Academy was founded upon the belief articulated by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall that all children have the right to a first-class education and the opportunity to reach their full potential.  WRF partner Laura A. Foggan, who coordinates the firm’s sponsorship of the Law Day event, said “A large number of WRF’s attorneys are enthusiastic volunteers every year to teach on Law Day.  This is a rewarding experience for the pro bono volunteers, as well as for the students entering Thurgood Marshall here in DC.”