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    Arent Fox, Washington Lawyers’ Committee, DC Public Schools To Hold 7th Annual GeoPlunge Geography Tournament At Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

    November 14, 2011

    WASHINGTON, DC – A record 270 DC public school students are expected to compete in the 7th city-wide GeoPlunge Geography Tournament organized by Arent Fox LLP, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and the DC Public Schools, at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 9:00 am–2:45 pm. The Gallery is located at Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC.

    This year's GeoPlunge Geography Tournament features 90 three-person teams of 4th, 5th and 6th graders from 45 DC elementary and middle schools competing for the prized GeoPlunge Cup along with many other trophies and awards. Dozens of local law firms, businesses, and individuals are sponsoring the participating schools and many of the sponsors are also acting as coaches for the teams.

    Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray has officially proclaimed November 15 “GeoPlunge Day.”

    GeoPlunge is an award-winning series of educational geography games invented by Alan Fishel, a partner at Arent Fox LLP. The games are played with a set of cards representing the 50 states. Tournaments include three different GeoPlunge card games that teach geography in a fun-filled competition that encourages students to learn facts about the states, including state capitals, border states, large cities, time zones, and state rankings in size, population and entrance into the United States.

    Each year, the annual GeoPlunge Tournament draws rave reviews from student players, teachers, principals and sponsors. DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who is expected to attend a portion of this year's tournament and preside over the awards ceremony, remarked that the GeoPlunge Tournament is "incredible to see" and that "this opportunity is huge for our students."

    About Arent Fox
    Arent Fox LLP (www.arentfox.com), with offices in Washington, DC, New York, and Los Angeles, is a recognized leader in areas including OSHA, intellectual property, real estate, telecommunications, health care, automotive, sports, white collar, international trade, bankruptcy, and complex litigation. With more than 350 lawyers nationwide, Arent Fox has extensive experience in corporate securities, financial restructuring, government relations, labor and employment, finance, tax, corporate compliance, and the global business market. The firm represents Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, trade associations, foreign governments and other entities.

    About the Washington Lawyers' Committee
    The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs was established in 1968 to provide pro bono legal services to address discrimination and entrenched poverty in the Washington community. The Committee has since handled thousands of civil rights cases on behalf of individuals and groups. Since 1977, the Committee has also administered an educational partnership program that links area firms with DC public schools, providing tutoring, mentoring, and other enrichment services to thousands of DC public school children. For more information, see the Committee's website at www.washlaw.org.