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The SVUDL Legal Pipeline Challenge

The Challenge

The SVUDL Legal Pipeline Challenge engages the legal community to make a difference for local youth whose talents go neglected in struggling schools. Firms compete for top honors in a Challenge that opens a pathway for local youth to enter legal careers. The week-long campaign raises funds and musters volunteers to expand a program proven to change life outcomes and launch legal careers.

The Impact

The Silicon Valley Urban Debate League channels the power of voice to engage at-risk youth in rigorous, evidence-based argument and competition. Nationwide, in schools where college-going rates dip below 40%, more than 95% of urban debaters graduate high school and over 90% of graduates go on to college. Over half (54%) graduate planning to pursue careers in law. Here in Silicon Valley, 100% of SVUDL seniors graduated and went to college, and 64% of SVUDL debaters plan to enter the legal field.

High schools representing more than 10,000 students are currently on the SVUDL Wait List. Your part in this is crucial: through volunteer hours and donations, in a campaign full of fun, excitement, and recognition, your support helps reach hundreds of young people in need.


2017 Results as of NOV 4 - 11am.


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2017 TEAMS

Alston Bird

Bartko, Zankel, Bunzel & Miller


Davis Polk

Diversity Lab

DLA Piper


Farella Braun

Gibson Dunn



Kirkland & Ellis

Littler Mendleson

Mayer Brown

O'Melveny Myers


Pillsbury Law

Reed & Smith

Robins Kaplan

Ropes & Gray

Sidley Austin

Skadden Arps

Smith Robertson


Ventura, Rossi, Hersey & Muller


White & Case