Los Angeles


October 27th, 2020 6pm

As all eyes focus on the Presidential Debates this fall Los Angeles high school debaters will be using the opportunity to differentiate those often-disappointing media contests with the transformative experience academic debate provides for thousands of students in Urban Debate Leagues across the country. I RESOLVE showcases the power of high school debate for a public audience while exploring some of the most pressing issues in our society through the perspective, voice and values of the next generation of leaders – high school debaters.

I RESOLVE’s unique format highlights the power of high school debate for a public audience. Debaters will apply the superior advocacy, rhetoric and critical thinking skills they’ve developed through debate in this new public debate series. This virtual series will feature local high school debaters offering informed commentary and solutions on the most pressing criminal justice issues in their community. They will engage with a panel of civic and community leaders charged with making the policy decisions debaters have researched in an evening designed to restore the public’s faith in the great American tradition of debate.


Join our special guest panelists and judges as we celebrate the thriving policy debate programs in Los Angeles. Panelists and guests include:

Arne Duncan

Keynote Speaker

Arne Starkey Duncan is the former United States Secretary of Education from 2009 through December 2015. He received strong support from the US president who appointed him, Barack Obama.

Obama praised his work at the Department of Education by saying, "Arne has done more to bring our educational system...into the 21st century than anybody else."

He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a board member for Communities In Schools and Community X.

Kiira Johal


Employment Law at NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Craig Kirkwood

County Counsel

Senior Associate, Health Services Division

Jeff Kwatinetz

Chief Operating Officer

Cube Vision

Nick Melvoin

Board Member

Los Angeles Unified School District

Justice Carlos Moreno

Former Associate Justice

Supreme Court of California

Justice Paul Watford

Circuit Judge

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

This event is one of five events in the National Association of Urban Debate League's I RESOLVE series. All events in the series are complimentary thanks to the support of our sponsors, Massey & Gail LLP.

Presenting Sponsor

Massey & Gail LLP

A Partnership with

National Association
of Urban Debate Leagues