Kirkland Attorneys Volunteer at Urban Debate League Tournament

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Kirkland Attorneys Volunteer at Urban Debate League

Tournament Kirkland hosted the New York City Urban Debate League’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Debate Tournament and city championships tournament on January 29 and March 21, 2014, respectively. Approximately 40 middle and high school students participated in each event, where attorneys served as judges. The debate tournaments were followed by pizza socials. The Urban Debate League is the only organization that provides a platform for inner-city middle and high school students in New York to learn and practice debate. Attorney volunteers included tax partner Melinda Alankar, litigation partners Peter Bellacosa and Atif Khawaja and associates LeMar Moore, Sailaja Paidipaty and Adam Stern, derivatives partner Scott Gordon, corporate partner Amy Wollensack and associates Abe Einhorn, Andrew Fleischman and Renata Malavazzi, private funds associate Leslie Theophile, intellectual property of counsel Michelle Six and associate Aaron Resetarits, real estate associate Ted Schmadeke, and trusts and estates associate Andrew Katzenberg.

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
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