Kirkland & Ellis hosts NYCUDL High School Debate Invitational

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, several talented attorneys from the global law firm of Kirkland & Ellis took time from their busy schedules to preside over the competitions of ten high school Debate Teams.

The Debaters, their coaches, friends and family members were astounded by the spectacular Manhattan views, as they poured out of the elevators on the 50th floor of the firm's posh New York offices.

After a warm welcome and dinner provided by Kirkland & Ellis, the teams divided into 5 conference rooms to battle for the scholarships being offered by the firm, enabling the winning teams to travel next year to tournaments at Harvard, Princeton, Yale and other colleges The attorneys were amazed as all 10 teams showcased their skills, arguing the pros and cons of whether the United States should continue to pressure Israel into a 2-State solution with Palestine. The evening ended with scholarships awarded to all 10 teams!!

Top performing students received a gavel engraved with the firm's name. Two of those students, Cristian and Arianna Pina (above) dispensed with their sibling rivalry to represent World View High School, located in the Bronx. On March 25th and 26th, they will join over 200 NYC high school debate teams to continue the battle and begin the elimination process, as they look forward to the statewide tournaments in April.

A huge thank you to Kirkland & Ellis for providing these students with such a memorable experience and extraordinary opportunity! Another thank you to Erik Fogel, Executive Director of the NYC Urban Debate League, for his tireless efforts to cultivate these young leaders! Finally, much gratitude to Mr. Martin Hernandez, Principal of World View High School, for his innovative leadership.

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

The New York City Urban Debate League
25 Broadway, 12th Floor