Fish and Richardson P.C. Hosts the BDL’s 1st Championship Tournament

Fish and Richardson P.C. hosted the first ever Boston Debate League Championship Tournament this past Saturday at their beautiful, seafront office. With expansive views of Boston’s port our championship debaters took advantage of the open evidence policies arguing to build a nation-wide Hydrogen fuel infrastructure, to increase transportation infrastructure on tribal land, and to increase port security (how apropos!). Debating in Fish and Richardson’s conference rooms, debaters wowed judges with their original research and strong argumentation skills.  Click here for more pictures.


Although all debaters fought hard, after 3 rounds, Louise Barias and Elaine Martin of Boston Latin Academy and Darien Amado and Ted White of New Mission High School advanced to the finals with New Mission winning in a 3 to 2 decision. Congratulations are due to all debaters for being forerunners in our Championship Division! Of particular note was top speaker Kalvin Nash of BLA, 2nd place speaker Ted White of New Mission, and 3rd place speaker Michael John of BLA. Click here for full results.

Over the course of the year the Championship division will be rapidly expanding with support from the Boston Debate League. Many thanks are due to Fish and Richardson for being the most gracious hosts of our first, open division, Championship Tournament. Collaborations between law firms like Fish and Richardson and the Boston Debate League offers our debaters access to opportunities and resources that expose them to Boston’s legal sector, a sector many of our debaters look forward to entering within the decade. Through our collective work, the diversity pipeline into the legal profession will continue to strengthen.

If you are interested in volunteering, our next tournament is on November 16th and 17th at TechBoston Academy (off the Red Line) and at English High School (off the Orange Line). Judging is easy and fun; sign up at!

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