Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL)

Fox Rothschild LLP is proud to support the Bay Area Urban Debate League. BAUDL establishes and maintains competitive debate leagues in under-resourced public middle and high schools. BAUDL teaches young people in San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, and Richmond to research and advocate positions on complex policy issues. Its participants are overwhelmingly students of color and low income. Our program has a direct, measurable impact. 

If you believe in equality of access to education, if it bothers you that the gap between the “haves and have nots” continues to widen, if you believe that there are young people in the poorest parts of the Bay Area who deserve a chance to succeed (and have much to contribute), please help. You can watch a great short video and donate online here.

The Bay Area Urban Debate League (“BAUDL”) is a debate mentoring program that currently serves hundreds of low-income and minority students at 22 Bay Area schools. Studies show that these programs improve literacy, GPA, graduation rates, and provide a host of other direct benefits to the participants, their schools, and the community.

Fox Rothschild LLP is proud to be among 16 law firms competing in BAUDL’s “Champions of Diversity” fundraising campaign. The initial round is this week, ending Friday, April 1st, during which the firms will compete to see which one can raise the most money and the most money per attorney in their Bay Area offices. There will then be a second round among the top three finalists. The winner gets a full-page ad.

You can find updated results here. If you’re moved to give, you can do so on behalf of any of the law firms listed (such as Fox Rothschild!) or you can donate to the unaffiliated group. Every bit helps and it’s a very worthy cause.

Fox Rothschild LLP is proud to support the Bay Area Urban Debate League. BAUDL establishes and maintains competitive debate leagues in under-resourced public middle and high schools. BAUDL teaches young people in San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, and soon Richmond to research and advocate positions on complex policy issues. Its participants are overwhelmingly students of color (98%) and low income (66%). Our program has a direct, measurable impact. The young people who participate see their literacy scores increase 25% per year and their odds of going to college increase 30%.

Now is a great time to make a donation that will help BAUDL students attend one of several summer debate institutes. To quote one BAUDL student, “There is nothing better than debate camp!” Every donation helps.

  • $50 is the cost of the shuttle to and from a university campus. Many BAUDL students have a difficult time covering even small expenses, which can be embarrassing when their peers from private schools don’t have that problem.
  • $100 provides the airline luggage fees for students who need to bring 2-4 weeks of clothing with them.
  • $250 is airfare to the University of Oregon for a Bay Area young person. BAUDL is sending three students to be Ducks for two weeks.
  • $500 is the tuition for the eight day institute at CSU Fresno. Three BAUDL students are there all of this week.
  • $700 is the tuition at the University of Oregon Institute.
  • $1000 is the tuition for Coppin State (HBU) and UC Berkeley. Eight hard working students will attend debate institutes on these campuses – living in the dorms and working with college students and instructors.

If you believe in equality of access to education, if it bothers you that the gap between the “haves and have nots” continues to widen, if you believe that there are young people in the poorest parts of the Bay Area who deserve a chance to succeed (and have much to contribute), please help. You can donate online here or send a check to Bay Area Urban Debate League, 287 17th St, Suite 201, Oakland, CA 94612.

Thank you!

The Bay Area Urban Debate League (“BAUDL”) is a debate mentoring program that currently serves 14 Bay Area schools and over 400 students. Studies show that these programs improve literacy, GPA, graduation rates, and provide a host of other direct benefits to the participants, their schools, and the community.

Fox Rothschild LLP is proud to be among 13 law firms competing in BAUDL’s “Champions of Diversity” fundraising campaign. The initial round is this week, ending Friday, March 27th, during which the firms will compete to see which one can raise the most money and the most money per attorney in their Bay Area office(s). There will then be a second round among the top three finalists. The winner gets a full-page ad.

You can find updated results here and, if you’re moved to give, you can do so on behalf of your my favorite law firm here. Every bit helps and it’s a very worthy cause.

Copyright: glopphy / 123RF Stock Photo
Copyright: glopphy / 123RF Stock Photo

Fox Rothschild LLP is a proud sponsor of the Bay Area Urban Debate League. So am I. BAUDL helps to establish and maintain competitive debate leagues in under-resourced public high schools, through which under-served youth are taught to research and advocate positions on complex policy issues. Its participants are overwhelmingly students of color (98%) and low income (66%). Our program has a direct, measurable impact. The young people who participate see their literacy scores increase 25% per year and their odds of going to college increase 30%.

If you believe in equality of access to education, if it bothers you that the gap between the “haves and have nots” continues to widen, if you believe that there are young people in the poorest parts of the Bay Area who deserve a chance to succeed (and have much to contribute), please support BAUDL.

BAUDL currently serves 14 high schools locally, principally in San Francisco and Oakland. Our goal is to expand to reach more kids, in more schools, in more cities. To do that, we need your help. If you’re moved to donate, or would like to read more about how our organization is literally changing people’s lives, you can do so here.

BAUDL fight! BAUDL win!

The Bay Area Urban Debate League (“BAUDL”) is a debate mentoring program that currently serves 14 Bay Area schools and over 400 students. Studies show that these programs improve literacy, GPA, graduation rates, and provide a host of other direct benefits to the participants, their schools, and the community.

Fox Rothschild LLP is proud to be among 14 prominent law firms competing in BAUDL’s “Champions of Diversity” fundraising campaign. The initial round is this week, ending Friday, March 28th, during which the firms will compete to see which firm can raise the most money and the most money per attorney in their Bay Area office(s). There will then be a second round among the top three finalists. The winner gets a full-page ad.

You can find updated results here and, if you’re moved to give, you can do so on behalf of your my favorite law firm here. Every bit helps and it’s a very worthy cause.

Fox Rothschild LLP is a proud sponsor of the Bay Area Urban Debate League. So am I. As I’ve written before, BAUDL helps to establish and maintain competitive debate leagues in under-resourced public high schools, through which under-served youth are taught to research and advocate positions on complex policy issues. Its participants are overwhelmingly students of color (98%) and low income (66%). BAUDL currently serves 15 high schools locally, with about 500 student participants, principally in San Francisco and Oakland. Our goal is to grow that number.

If you believe in equality of access to education, if it bothers you that the gap between the “haves and “have nots” continues to widen, if you believe that there are young people in the poorest parts of the Bay Area who deserve a chance to succeed (and have much to contribute), please support BAUDL.

I’ve been fortunate to meet many of these young people and their stories are inspiring. Rashid Campbell is one of many. Please take two minutes to watch this video and see how our organization is literally changing people’s lives. If you’re motivated to donate, you can do so on that same page (and feel free to repost the message).

BAUDL fight! BAUDL win!

 

 

I’m incredibly proud that, in a survey of 150 law firms, The Recorder ranked Fox Rothschild #2 in California in terms of diversity. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t much more that needs to be done.

For the past year, I’ve been heavily involved in the Bay Area Urban Debate League. BAUDL is part of a movement that seeks to establish and maintain competitive debate leagues in under-resourced public high schools, through which under-served youth are taught to research and advocate positions on complex policy issues. Its participants are overwhelmingly students of color (98%) and low income (66%). BAUDL currently serves 15 high schools locally, with about 450 student participants, principally in San Francisco and Oakland.

BAUDL helps kids develop communications skills and confidence. It gives them structure and discipline. It exposes them to positive role models. It increases their odds of academic success and progress (literacy scores, grade point averages and graduation rates all demonstrably increase for BAUDL participants). A disproportionately high percentage of BAUDL participants go on to college (88%, compared to barely half of their schools’ student populations). And more than half of the participants aspire to a career in the legal profession. BAUDL is thus successfully feeding the pipeline today with the diverse lawyers (and teachers, leaders, business people, etc.) of tomorrow.

Currently, BAUDL is in the midst of its Champions of Diversity Challenge, in which Fox Rothschild and 16 other law firms are competing to see who can raise the most (overall and per attorney). You can see the participating firms and the current standings here. If you’d like to donate, you can use that link to donate and have it credited to whichever of the competing firms you choose. If you’re a Bay Area law firm and want to get in on the act next year, please let me know.

I’ve met many of these young people and their stories are inspiring. The challenges they’ve survived and the strides they’ve made are amazing. You can read some of their stories here. One of our alums, Rashid Campbell (pictured below), is currently vying for the national debate championship and was just named 2nd out of the 288 top speakers in the country.

Please consider helping BAUDL to help these young people. They deserve a chance and BAUDL can provide it.

 

 

The Bay Area Urban Debate League ("BAUDL") is a debate mentoring program that currently serves 13 Bay Area schools and 350 students. Studies show that these programs improve literacy, GPA, graduation rates, and provide a host of other direct benefits to the participants, their schools, and the community. 

Fox Rothschild LLP is proud to be among 10 prominent law firms competing in BAUDL’s "Champions of Diversity" fundraising campaign. The initial round runs from April 30 to May 4, during which the firms will compete to see which firm can raise the most money per attorney in its Bay Area office(s). There will then be a second round among the top three finalists from May 7 to 9. The winner gets a full-page ad in California Lawyer.

You can find updated results here (Fox currently holds a slim lead), a press release here, and a SF Chronicle profile ("Debate league helps at-risk kids find their voice") here. You can also contact me directly for more information about this fine organization.