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26 April 2008

Forensics Schools debate online this weekend

What is it?
A debate contest for high school students using written and oral argument. Sponsored by Bickel & Brewer Law Firm, New York University and major USA forensic organizations.The winner gets a $10,000 prize.

When is it?
See the semifinals and finals of a unique debate competition on Saturday, 26 April 2008.Semifinals #1 are at 9 AM Eastern Time USA (3 PM European consult for your time zone, basically USA Eastern is –4 GMT). Semifinal #2 at 10:45 AM Eastern Time USA, and the finals will be at 4 PM Eastern Time USA.

What is the topic?
“Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its AIDS/HIV public health assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Where is it happening?
New York University Law School, New York, New York.After over 100 schools competed in the written part of the contest, the top four teams have been flown to New York for the oral part of the contest.

Who is debating?
Semifinal #1:Colleyville Heritage High School, Colleyville, TexasVs.Wellington High School, Village of Wellington, Florida
Semifinal #2:Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TexasVs.Kahuku High & Intermediate School, Kahuku, Hawaii

Who is judging?
Semifinals: Mr. Will Baker, Director of Debate, New York University and CEO, Impact Coalition Mr. Marshall Donat, Assoc. General Counsel, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Mr. Luke McGrath, Partner, Bickel & Brewer Mr. Alfred “Tuna” Snider, Professor of Forensics, University of Vermont Ms. Pam Spiliadis, Executive Director, Baltimore Urban Debate League

Finals: Mr. William A. Brewer III, Partner, Bickel & Brewer Mr. Lenny Gail, Chairman of the Board, National Assoc. of Urban Debate Leagues Hon. John G. Koeltl, U.S. District Judge (SDNY) Mr. Sheldon Prentice Mr. John Sexton, President, New York University Ms. Melissa Maxcy Wade, Director of Forensics, Emory University Mr. Scott Wunn, Executive Director, National Forensic League

How can you watch it?
Go to
Click on the link for the video feed, provided by Debate Central (, the World Debate Institute ( and the University of Vermont ( must have the newest version of QuickTime installed on your computer. Go to for this free download.

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