“One of the largest problems facing our nation and Silicon Valley is increasing inequality.  High school debate, especially for the students SVUDL serves, is one of the most powerful tools to battle inequality.” - James Basile, SVUDL Board Member and Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP


 
Debate provides skills transferable to professions, business, and academia, giving a singular opportunity for students to learn to operate effectively within a wide variety of settings and institutions. Having those skills will enable students to fulfill their potential, achieve their aspirations, and work to shape society in accordance with their values.
— James Basile, SVUDL Board Member and Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP