Press Release
October 29, 2018

Boston Debate League and Goodwin to Host Inaugural Corporate Debate Tournament to Benefit Boston’s Youth

Team sponsorships and individual tickets available through Thursday, November 8th

The Boston Debate League and global law firm Goodwin today announced that they will co-host the inaugural Corporate Debate Tournament, which will bring together the legal and business community for a good-natured competition with a purpose. All proceeds from the tournament will be used to benefit Boston Debate League’s programs. The event will take place on November 13th, 2018 in Goodwin’s Boston office. 

Teams of competitors from a number of the largest law firms and corporations in the Greater Boston area will put their skills to the test as they engage in a friendly debate on current events. Sponsors with participating teams to date include Goodwin, Casner Edwards, Foley Hoag, Rubin & Rudman, Seyarth Shaw, Suffolk Law School, Wilmer Hale, and Nixon Peabody.

Participating teams will debate the following question: “What is most necessary for truth to emerge in the United States today?” Each team will be assigned a position to advocate over two debate rounds.

Winners will be determined by the tournament’s judges – U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV and U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley – who will engage the audience to help make decisions.

Sponsorships are available at $3,500 for a team of four to compete in the tournament. Sponsorships also include brand recognition at the event and four complimentary tickets for audience members. Individual tickets are available at $50. To inquire about team sponsorships or to purchase individual tickets, please reach out

The tournament will take place on November 13th, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time, in Goodwin’s Boston office, located at 100 Northern Avenue in the Seaport District.

About Boston Debate League

Founded in 2005, The Boston Debate League (BDL) reaches over 5,000 students and 350 teachers in more than 40 Greater Boston schools through the After-School Debate League (ASDL) and Evidence Based Argumentation Initiative (EBA). BDL’s mission is to integrate argumentation and competitive debate into Boston’s public schools to develop critical thinkers ready for college, career, and engagement with the world around them. The After-School Debate League will engage close to 1,000 middle and high school students this year, with debate teams coached by teachers in more than 40 schools across Boston, Somerville, and Chelsea. Teams compete in six regional BDL tournaments per year, debating about a real-world policy issues, using college-level texts as evidence. The EBA initiative partners with entire schools to help teachers of all subjects educate and inspire students through student-led, and evidence-based learning communities. EBA offers Boston’s teachers coaching, professional development, and tools that put student voice at the center of the classroom. To learn more, visit us at