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.

2016 results

Together,  firms raised over $130,000 and contributed over 100 volunteer hours. The participants in this campaign were champions in every sense of the word, particularly the firm captains who led the charge at the sixteen participating firms. We want to give special recognition to these four, with full results below: 



Participating Firms 2016