Who We Are

The Detroit Urban Debate League brings together an active community of students, teachers, administrators, and community leaders devoted to improving the education and life skills of disadvantaged urban youth in Detroit.


National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

NAUDL supports urban debate leagues around the country and hosts Urban Debate League Nationals every April. Their mission is to facilitate the participation in organized debate activities for as many urban debate students as possible. They are an important partner and support the Detroit Urban Debate League by providing resources and best practices expertise.

Detroit Urban Debate League Advisors
Lance Lis, Board Chair
Kevin O’Shea, Lawyers’ Committee Chair
Ronald D. McNeil, Board Chair Emeritus
John Lawson, Director
Jon Frank
David Gamlin
David Getto
Steve Lemberg
E. Powell Miller
Susan D. Nine
Matthew W. Seeger
Charles Smith
Shaun Van Horn
Kelly Young
Katheryne L. Zelenock