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Updated Annually, "DEBATE 101" Is An Invaluable Resource for Policy Debaters, Coaches, Instructors, and Any Student Wishing to Build a Solid Foundation in Competitive Debate.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POLICY DEBATE: YOU LEARNED HERE
Bill Smelko (Redlands ’75)Of Counsel,Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP&Will Smelko (U.C. Berkeley ’11)CEO & Co-Founder:www.ora.organic
Debate will help you in college and job interviews; it helped one author of this Book even become a hostage negotiator while serving as President of the Student Government at UC Berkeley.
Debaters have been the advocates who argued cases which decided the election of the President of the United States and which will make history concerning what government can and cannot do concerning future criminal justice reform policies.
One former Nebraska high school debater even went on Meet the Press some years back and told the host how thedebater’s experience as a high school policy debater helped to prevent a nuclear war with the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Whether policy debate takes you to the WhiteHouse, the Senate, the Supreme Court or the board room - - - the fact is that policy debate, and the skill sets you develop in policy debate, will take you places you otherwise wouldnever be able to go.
Will Smelko is a Co-Founder and serves as the CEO of Ora.Organic. A two-time attendee of the "Tournament of Champions," Will was a member of the "Patterson Fellows Program" in the summer of 2005.
Will graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2011. At CAL, Will served as President of the "U.C. Berkeley Associated Student Government" during the 2009-2010 School year, played Club Baseball and served as a Senator in the A.S.U.C. Student Senate.
Bill Smelko is an attorney in the San Diego Office of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch practicing civil litigation.
A 1975 NDT Finalist and two-time elimination round participant of the National Debate Tournament, Bill graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Redlands, received a Higher Diploma of Letters at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Together, Will and Bill Co-Author and annually update "Debate 101." Bill is a frequent volunteer lecturer and teacher at the Harvard, Michigan and Gonzaga Summer Debate Institutes. He is a Member of the "TOC Advisory Committee for Policy Debate" and serves on the Board of The J.W. Patterson Foundation for Academic Excellence in Speech and Debate.
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