2012 McDermott Will and Emery Urban Debate JV Invitational Teams

We are very pleased to announce the ten JV teams invited to participate in the 2012 McDermott Will and Emery Urban Debate JV Invitational on Saturday, March 17th, following this full-day schedule.

Brooks College Prep (LCC)
Saaleha Johnson and Sarina Shane
Judge: Patricia Humphrey

Chicago International Charter Schools – Ralph Ellison High School (“AA”)
Malcolm Gowder and Patrick Johnson
Judge: Lamont Holifield

Michele Clark Magnet High School (“A”)
Antonio Lee and Christopher Madkins
Judge: Phyllis Ford-France

Evanston Township High School (LCC)
Esther Isaac and Makaia Barnes
Judge: Kamasi Hill

Julian High School (“AA”)
Chevon Morris and David Smith
Judge: Sharon Green-Powell

Thomas Kelly High School (LCC)
Danny Tan and Mario Torres
Judge: Armando Garcia

Marshall High School (“A”)
Danielle Harris and Tatiana Foster
Judge: Jim Dorrell

Taft High School (LCC)
Aya Idowu and Brian Griffith
Judge: Rachael Nicholas

Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center (“A”)
Alejandra Delcid and Jasmine Mercado
Judge: Kurt Hilgendorf

Westinghouse College Prep High School (“A”)
Dechon Jones and Gabriel Neri
Judge: Dr. Janice Jackson

The event will be held in the offices of McDermott Will and Emery, in the Franklin Center, 227 West Monroe St.

Schools should declare their intent to participate by sending us an email — cdc@resources.chicagodebates.org — by no later than Wednesday, February 29th.

Coaches will receive a $300 incentive, in two payments, one prior to and one at the event.

Schools are obligated to provide their own transportation and one judge. Coaches are not obligated to attend.

Parents and observers are welcome, but have to register no later than March 9th, by email (cdc@resources.chicagodebates.org).

Three excellent meals will be provided on site. Parking passes will be provided for parking in the Franklin Center, 227 West Monroe St.

Two judges will be assigned to each round, one MWE attorney and one CDL judge. Teams will receive and be ranked on eight ballots, and the the top four places will be determined by our Final and Runner-Up Rounds. There will be no argument limits of any kind — the topic is the 2011/12 national policy debate topic (space policy). We have assembled, though, the affirmative case previews from the MWE Invitational teams, since they are likely candidates to be run, in addition to the Core Files.

The event will once again have a legal diversity theme, with McDermott Will and Emery attorneys discussing how urban debaters can get from where they are to a career in the law, in addition to providing feedback on their argumentation and advocacy.

We very much thank CDC Board member Nathan Coco and McDermott Will and Emery partner Michael Boykins for making this event possible.

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