Champions of Diversity

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Jontae Henry, Aspire Lionel Wilson College Prep
& Roseann Torres, Law Offices of Torres & Caraves

Champions of Diversity Challenge

The Champions of Diversity Challenge ​​engages the local Bay Area legal community to support a crucial intervention in the legal pipeline: a debate program ​that trains hundreds of underserved youth to research, prepare briefs, and advocate positions on complex policy issues.

Yali Corea-Levy, SF Deputy Public Defender
& DaCobi Anderson, Skyline High School​​
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The 2017 Champions of Diversity Challenge kicks off April 3rd!

Check out the leaderboard here!

Last year, over 400 partners, associates, and staff from 16 Bay Area law firms came together to raise more than $150,000 to support BAUDL programs! This year we have even more firms who are ready to make a huge impact, while opening up doors for Bay Area youth.

What is the Challenge?

​Fundraise for the Legal Pipeline

The challenge is a 1-week fundraising push, with all proceeds supporting Bay Area youth through BAUDL's debate programming. The 2017 Champions of Diversity campaign runs April 3-7, with a final round for the top four firms from April 10-12. The Challenge will be won by the firm with the highest combined ​rank of total funds raised and funds per attorney - giving all firms a chance at glory no matter their size. The winning firms will be recognized in a full page celebration in the Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin. This is a great opportunity for your firm to help diversify the legal pipeline.


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Ready to get involved? Here's what you need to do:

> Fill out this quick form to let us know you're interested. We will contact you to answer questions and get you ready.
> Select a Firm Captain to head up the challenge
> Schedule a planning call with BAUDL staff and attend the Campaign Kickoff meeting
> Get the message out before and during Campaign Week
> Track your firm's progress
> Help spread gratitude and appreciation!

Why Urban Debate?

​​​​It's a Necessity: ​​The legal field is getting less diverse​. Check out the NALP's January 2016 Report

​​​​Debate works! It builds the skills and desire to be a successful attorney. Forbes, Do Debater's make better lawyers?  ​​

"To protect our way of life, we must provide all of our youth with a world-class education. Urban debate leagues take us a solid step closer to that goal."

- Robert B. Reich
former United States Secretary of Labor

Erwin Chemeri​nksy 

​​Debate taught me skills in analysis, research and public speaking. Debaters spend a year intensively researching a complex topic and developing sophisticated arguments about it. Debate also teaches invaluable life lessons, perhaps most profoundly about dealing with victory and defeat…Not a day goes by that I do not use the skills and lessons I learned in debate in my teaching, my writing and my advocacy in courts. The problem, though, is that debate programs require money, for coaches and for attending and organizing tournaments. Financially strapped inner-city schools rarely have been able to provide these resources… Urban Debate Leagues were created to rectify this.

2017 Champions of Diversity Participants

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2016 Champions of Diversity Winners
Gold Champion: O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Silver Champion: Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Bronze Champion: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Finalists: Morrison & Foerster LLP, Durie Tangri LLP, Baker & McKenzie LLP
​ ​​Total Raised Leaders​ ​Per Attorney Leaders​ ​​Firm Participation Leaders
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Beveridge & Diamond PC
Durie Tangri LLP
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
Beveridge & Diamond PC
Nossaman LLP

2016 Participating Firms:

​Baker & McKenzie LLP
Durie Tangri LLPKing & Spalding LLPNossaman LLP
​Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Fenwick & West LLPMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPO'Melveny & Myers LLP
​Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
​Fox Rothschild LLPMorrison & Foerster LLPOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
​Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Kerr & Wagstaffe, LLPMunger, Tolles & Olson LLP​Perkins Coie LLP

Previous Winners

1st place:

2nd place:

3rd place:
O'Melveny & Myers

Munger, Tolles, & Olson

Morrison & Foerster
1st place:

2nd place:

3rd place:
Kirkland & Ellis

O'Melveny & Myers

Baker & McKenzie
1st place:

2nd place:

3rd place:
Kirkland & Ellis

Zelle, Hoffman,
Voelbel, & Mason

O'Melveny & Myers
1st place:

2nd place:

3rd place:
Zelle, Hoffman, Voelbel, & Mason

Kirkland & Ellis

Fox Rothschild

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