[eDebate] Watch $10,000 debate on Saturday

Alfred Snider alfred.snider
Fri Apr 25 13:13:34 CDT 2008

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, Texas
Wellington High School, Village of Wellington, Florida

Semifinal #2:
Bellaire High School, Bellaire, Texas
Kahuku High & Intermediate School, Kahuku, Hawaii

Who is judging?

? 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

? Mr. William A. Brewer III, Partner, Bickel & Brewer
? Mr. Lenny Gail, Chairman of the Board, National Assoc. of Urban Debate 
? 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 http://nppf.net/
Click on the link for the video feed, provided by Debate Central 
(http://debate.uvm.edu), the World Debate Institute 
(http://debate.uvm.edu/wdi) and the University of Vermont 
You must have the newest version of QuickTime installed on your 
computer. Go to http://www.apple.com/downloads/ for this free download.
What else can you tell us?

?These deserving students will soon compete on one of the greatest 
stages in high school debate ? competition that involves some of our 
nation?s best debaters and a panel of judges, all nationally known for 
their achievements inside and outside of debate,? says William A. Brewer 
III, partner at Bickel & Brewer and founder of the NPPF. ?The NPPF 
Finals is unlike any other debate competition taking place today. The 
judges will engage the contestants in an interactive competition with 
questions from the panel. This creates a live forum for debaters that is 
uniquely dynamic and challenging.?

This year?s NPPF began in October when students from more than 100 high 
schools (representing 26 states) submitted case studies on the 2007-2008 
topic, ?Resolved: The United States federal government should 
substantially increase its AIDS/HIV public health assistance to 
Sub-Saharan Africa.? From the original pool of more than 100 debate 
teams, sixteen advanced to a single-elimination written debate 
tournament. In each round, competitors volleyed written debates back and 
forth via e-mail. A panel of judges reviewed the papers in the order 
they were presented and voted for the winning school. This process 
continued for several rounds ? over a six-month period ? until the Final 
Four teams were announced.

The upcoming finals competition is a unique test of research and oral 
advocacy skills. Students will present their positions before a panel of 
judges that include some of the world?s foremost experts in law, 
business, debate and politics. The debates will be televised live via 
the Internet ? and viewed by debaters around the world.

Along with Brewer, scheduled judges for the finals weekend include John 
Sexton, president of New York University; Scott Wunn, secretary, 
National Forensic League; Melissa Maxcy-Wade, director of forensics, 
Emory University; Lenny Gail, chairman, National Association of Urban 
Debate Leagues; and Alfred M. Snider, director of forensics; University 
of Vermont.

During their stay in New York, students from the final four schools will 
be honored at a special banquet and awards ceremony at New York 
University, where the winning school will receive $10,000 to be used for 
scholarships and the ?Bickel & Brewer Cup,? a traveling trophy that 
resides annually with the NPPF champion.

The keynote speaker for the banquet ceremony is the Hon. John G. Koeltl, 
United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.

The NPPF was founded by the Bickel & Brewer Foundation in 2001, and is 
jointly administered with New York University. The program is available 
to all high schools nationwide ? public and private ? for free. Since 
the NPPF?s inception, the Bickel & Brewer Foundation has awarded more 
than $400,000 in support of forensic activities at the secondary school 
and collegiate levels. The NPPF is endorsed by leading forensic 
agencies, such as the National Forensic League and National Associate of 
Urban Debate Leagues.

The Bickel & Brewer Foundation is a private, non-profit organization 
funded by companies, individuals and the national litigation firm of 
Bickel & Brewer. With offices in Dallas and New York, the Foundation has 
achieved widespread recognition for its efforts to create, fund and 
manage a variety of educational outreach programs. Visit The Bickel & 
Brewer Foundation at www.bickelbrewer.com.

Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics
University of Vermont
Huber House, 475 Main Street, UVM, Burlington, VT 05405 USA
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