From the Program Director's Desk

First thoughts: Immigration Topic

The topic for the 2018-2019 academic year was released in January, and now that all of our other debate programs are done for the semester, its time to sit down and digest the new topic. The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States. This topic is extremely timely as we head into a mid-term election where voters say that immigration policy is the most important issue on both sides of the aisle. President Trump's rhetoric about Muslims, Mexicans, and other immigrant communities makes immigration headline news most evenings. For many WUDL students, this will be a profoundly personal topic, as many students are 1st or

WUDL Lawyer's Committee

The 2018-2019 season is full of firsts for the Washington Urban Debate League. This year, we'll formally kick off our Lawyer's Committee, a partnership between the WUDL and the D.C. area legal community. Modeled on several successful partnerships between the legal community and urban debate leagues on the west coast, the Committee will raise funds and provide support for the league, bring students to law firms for educational visits to local law firms, and provide mentorship opportunities. The partnership between the law and debate is obvious. Many debaters choose careers in the legal field, as attorneys, paralegals, or as non-practicing lawyers engaged in politics, policy, or advocacy. The

Summer Camp Preparations!

Preparations for the 4th annual Matthew H Ornstein Summer Debate Institute are well under way! This year, there are two big changes to the summer institute. 1. Novice Debaters will (mostly) attend for two weeks instead of just one. This will provide 55% more instructional time, and hopefully inspire them to compete during the academic year. 2. We are growing again! Last summer's institute hosted 91 students. We've offered seats to 156 students this year, hoping to get at least 120 to attend. Core files are almost done! We are preparing a diverse array of files that hopefully get students to think about a wide array of topics surrounding immigration. Novice: Economic Based Visas Affirmative T

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