Who We Are

Participating High Schools:

• Abraham Lincoln High School

• CALS Early College High School

• CHAMPS Charter High School

• Crenshaw High School

• David Starr Jordan High School

• Downtown Magnets High School

• eCALS High School

• East Valley High School

• Elizabeth Learning Center

• Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet

• Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy

• Humanities and Arts Academy of Los Angeles

• James Foshay Learning Center

• John C. Fremont High School

• LA Leadership Academy

• Manual Arts High School

• Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School

• New Designs– University Park

• Port of Los Angeles High School

• Rose City High School

• South East High School

• South Gate High School

• Tennenbaum Family Technology High School

• Valor Academy

• View Park Preparatory High School

Los Angeles Unified School District: LAUSD is a significant partner with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League. In addition to the logistical and organizational support that it provides, LAUSD also contributes one-third of the funds needed to run the debate league.

University of Southern California (Trojan Debate Squad): USC provides essential support to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League. USC directly supports the debate programs at 4 local high schools, hosts 2 of our tournaments each year, provides free space to hold our teacher training seminars, hosts our summer debate institute, and provides a wealth of volunteer coaches and judges at our events.

Supporters: In addition to individual contributions, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League has received substantial financial support from Southern California Edison, Verizon, The Skylight Foundation, The USC Good Neighbors Campaign, The James Irvine Foundation, The Julia Burke Foundation, The Los Angeles Clippers Foundation, The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, The California Community Foundation, The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, The Engineer’s and Architect’s Association, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, Susman Godfrey LLP, Paul Hasting LLP, The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, and the National Speech and Debate Association.

Board Chairs:

Henry Weissmann • Partner • Munger, Tolles & Olson

Bart H. Williams • Partner • Proskauer Rose

Board of Directors:

Alex Berger • Television Writer/Producer

Katie Buckland • Executive Director • Writers Guild Foundation

Brian Cardoza • Senior Attorney • Southern California Edison

Justine Daniels • Counsel • O’Melveny & Myers

Grant Davis-Denny • Litigation Partner • Munger, Tolles & Olson

Nathaniel Johnson • Associate • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Chris Keyser • President • First Tuesday Media

Gary Lincenberg • Principal • Bird Marella

Matthew Macdonald • Associate • Munger, Tolles & Olson

Susan Napier • Vice President • Investment Management Group at Goldman Sachs & Co

Gopi Panchapakesan • Associate • Bird Marella

Daniel Prince • Associate • Paul Hastings

David Schwarz • Partner • Irell & Manella

Rachel Schy • Associate • O’Melveny & Myers

Michael Shortnacy • Counsel • Sidley Austin

Steven G. Sklaver • Partner • Susman Godfrey

Gordon Stables • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs• Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism • University of Southern California

Gabriel Stacy • Associate • Aurora Capital Group

Executive Director:

Cameron Ward

Program Managers:

Joseph Flores

Gabriela Gonzalez

Brandon Nhan