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New York City Urban Debate League & ALA Team Up!

Association of Legal Administrators

Thank you so much for connecting us to law firms to bring incredible legal education opportunities to our students!  These are incredible experiences for our students, teachers and staff to be treated like Kings and Queens with panels of judges, incredible law firm environments, awards, dinner, critiques, mentorships, college and career advice and more! Thank you so much!
Erik Fogel, Executive Director
New York City Urban Debate League

Grais & Ellsworth LLP welcomed the New York City Urban Debate League on July 28, 2016 to conduct a debate amongst high school students enrolled in the summer program on the topic of Resolved: In United States public schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students. Thanks to our judges Leanne Wilson, Rachel Stanton, Brian Holbrook, Siobhan Stewart, and Silvia Ostrower for volunteering.

Staci A. Viafore, Manager of Administration
Grais & Ellsworth LLP

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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