Welcome New Board Members!

We're thrilled to announce that three amazing champions for youth are joining the SVUDL Board of Directors!

Nadia Arid is a former debater who has taken everything debate can teach and leveraged it to enormous personal and professional success. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford, where she was Community Outreach Director of Derechos, the Latino Pre-Law Society, Nadia earned her JD from Harvard Law in 2016. Her commitment to debate and social justice shine through her academic career, from her work co-founding the Eastside College Prep Debate program, to serving as President for the East Palo Alto Youth Court, to her work as a Ford Foundation Fellow at the National Immigration Center in Los Angeles. She has taught debate to hundreds of young people and has seen time and again how this smart sport can open a mind and change a life. 

Chris Hersey, a Silicon Valley native and former CA State Champion in policy debate, also knows the way debate can empower a promising young person and shares SVUDL's commitment to helping young people unlock their potential. He serves on the Legal Advisory Committee has played a major role in supporting our debaters as they prepare for Moot Court each spring. Chris has more than 19 years of civil litigation and trial experience, focusing on construction, contract, business, and commercial disputes. Before founding Ventura Rossi Hersey & Muller, LLP in 2013, Chris was a litigation partner for nine years at Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis, LLP in San Jose, CA. He lives with his wife and two high-school aged children in San Jose. Chris is a longtime season ticket holder of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team, and an amateur astronomer.

A nationally recognized speaker, panelist, and author, Leslie Spencer is a registered patent attorney and partner in the IP litigation practice at Rope & Gray, where she also co-chairs the firm's diversity committee. She first learned about SVUDL though its legal career mentor program and is currently an active mentor. She serves on the Legal Advisory Committee and sees enormous promise in SVUDL's work to diversify the Legal Career Pipeline. Prior to practicing law, Leslie worked for financial services and e-commerce companies and supervised the development of a smart card-based secure transaction system.

Please join us in welcoming these passionate advocates to our Board!