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2-Week Core Lincoln Douglas Program

The Stanford National Forensic Institute offers national caliber summer debate programs for students of any level of experience. The Two Week Lincoln-Douglas program is open to all students and is a comprehensive preparation for the upcoming year of competitive debate. Each lab is carefully constructed to maximize student’s ability to accelerate their skills in a highly educational environment. A strong student to staff ratio (8:1) and a minimum of 10 expertly critiqued practice rounds are a core feature of the two-week camp. The Three Week program adds an additional week to the standard Two Week program. The Third Week focuses on technique and practice rounds, and gives students the chance to fully integrate the skills they have learned during the first two weeks of camp.

Quality Instructors

SNFI knows that generally speaking, the best instructors are not the youngest instructors. We focus on hiring the most experienced instructors, and the most successful coaches of competitors. Our faculty has coached competitors to outrounds and championships at the most prestigious tournaments around the country including NCFLs, NFLs, and TOC. Our instructors know how to create champions at every level of competition.

Carefully Crafted Curriculum

SNFI’s curriculum carefully balances lab time, practice rounds, mandatory lectures, and electives. All labs are led by our expert faculty with a special eye to balancing the skills of the instructors with the needs of each student. Each student will participate in a minimum of 10 critiqued practice rounds; most participate in more. Our lecture series focuses on providing students with solid foundations in both debate and philosophy. Labs then focus on implementation of those concepts so that students can see how to utilize each lecture. Our elective series allows students the freedom to choose an in-depth investigation of a skill or philosophy of their choosing.

Director's Note

What I love most about LD debate is that it is constantly in flux. Norms always shift. Practices constantly evolve. Argument angles are always new. In that way, debate is a living (and vibrant) activity. This is easily evidenced by watching the various styles that succeed across the country and reading the various defenses of styles and practices in places ranging from online message boards to published Rostrum articles.

That means that as much as SNFI is a great opportunity for students to learn from some of the best debate minds in the country, the styles that they prefer is equally a tremendous opportunity to help further the exchange of ideas. Students from Pennsylvania bring with them ideas that differ from those students from Alabama or Washington or Texas or California. All find a home at SNFI each summer. The result is, in my experience, unique. Where many camps seek to stylistically homogenize students, SNFI works to form labs in a way that not only pairs them with lab leaders that will meet their needs, but also in a way that maximizes each student's exposure to differing views on debate.

In this way SNFI is a tremendous place for students with ambitions that range from winning top level national competitions (which our alumni have done) to a desire to simply be able to better train the novices on their teams or even to start programs. The joy I get from running SNFI is not bragging about the tournaments our alumni have won or the accolades of the coaches that staff the camp. The real reward is the student from Any High School who sends an email after their first tournament to explain the joy they feel from their improved record, confidence, mastery of debate, or ability to improve their teammates.

SNFI is not like other debate camps. That's why I keep coming back! I hope you'll join us this summer in Palo Alto!

2018 2-Week Core Lincoln Douglas Program Staff Members Include:

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We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.

2017 2-Week Core Lincoln Douglas Program Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Brian Manuel (Division Director, Policy & LD Debate)

Brian Manuel, Division Director, Policy & LD Debate

Brian has been coaching debate for 17 years. He is widely recognized for unrivaled talent in creating and rebuilding programs from the bottom up. Brian is currently the Director of Policy Debate for the Stanford Debate Society at Stanford University, the Director of Debate for Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School in Scarsdale, NY, and a support consultant for the National Speech and Debate Association.

While the Director of Policy Debate at Stanford, Brian has rebuilt the program and most recently coached teams to 3rd place at the Cross Examination Debate Association and elimination rounds at the National Debate Tournament.  At Edgemont, Brian coached the 9th ranked policy debate in the country, four NY state championships in Policy Debate and Public Forum,  established a middle school debate program, and introduced the school to the format of Lincoln Douglas Debate.  In addition, he has had students compete on Capitol Hill in front of the House Judiciary Committee on the topic of Domestic Surveillance.

Prior to Stanford, Brian coached for Harvard University, Lakeland High School, Chattahoochee High School, Cathedral Preparatory School, and Scranton High School. 

Brian’s teams have cleared at virtually every major natural tournament they’ve attended.   He has coached the champions of the 2003 Big Bronx Invitational and 2008 Barkley Forum.  Additionally, Brian has had multiple teams in the elimination rounds of the Tournament of Champions, NDCA, NCFL, and NSDA National Championships with finals finishes in 2007 and 2012.  He has also coached the Phyllis Flory Barton top speaker in Policy Debate at NSDA Nationals in 2013.  Along with his tremendous tournament successes, Brian’s students have attended every major national round robin in the United States.

During the summer Brian serves as the Policy Institute Director at the Stanford National Forensic Institute and has previously taught at the Kentucky National Debate Institute, with the Fellows program, Capitol Debate Summer Institutes, Millennial Institutes, and the Georgetown Debate Seminar.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Rishi Chebrolu (LD Instructor)

Rishi Chebrolu, LD Instructor

Rishi is currently a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Communication where he coaches policy debate for the William Pitt Debating Union. He also coaches at the high school level at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, qualifying a team to the TOC this past year. As a college debater, Rishi qualified to the 70th National Debate Tournament and cleared to elimination rounds at multiple regional tournaments. He has instructed in the past at the Nebraska Debate Institute, and is looking forward to his teaching at the Lincoln Douglas camp at the SNFI this year. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Harshita Davuluri (LD Instructor)

Harshita Davuluri, LD Instructor

Harshita debated for 3 years for Flower Mound High School in Dallas, Texas, competing both locally and nationally in LD and Extemp. Harshita qualified to Extemp TOC her sophomore and junior year and went to TFA State all 3 years, clearing her senior year. Harshita had winning records and reached late out-rounds at various TOC tournaments such as Grapevine, UT, Strake Jesuit, Greenhill, UPenn, and Berkeley, was a semi-finalist in the Hockaday Women’s Round Robin, and helped mentor her younger teammates throughout her senior year. Harshita attends the University of Texas at Austin.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jonathan Haderlein (LD & Parli Instructor)

Jonathan Haderlein, LD & Parli Instructor

Jon has competed in debate for ten years and coached for two. While competing for North Hollywood High School he qualified for the TOC in Public Forum and Congressional Debate and made elimination rounds in both Lincoln Douglas and Congressional Debate at both the California State Championship and the NFL National Tournament. Jon went to college at the University of Chicago, and during his fourth year he became the highest ranked individual UChicago APDA debater in recorded history (a record he hopes will soon be broken). While competing in British Parliamentary Debate he was the 2014 North American Universities Debating Champion as well as a two-time Hart House IV Finalist, a two-time USUDC Semifinalist, a Cambridge IV Semifinalist, and a Yale IV Semifinalist. 

Jon has been coaching high school debate in California for two years, during which he has coached students to elimination rounds at the California State Tournament in both public forum and parliamentary debate as well as coaching a student to late elimination rounds in Lincoln Douglas at the 2016 NSDA National Championship. He is excited to be teaching at SNFI, even though it will take him away from his four year old shar-pei labrador mixes, in part because his best friend and fellow 2014 North American Champion Krikor will be teaching as well. 

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jane Irons (LD Instructor)

Jane Irons, LD Instructor

Jane Irons is a junior at Yale University where she is majoring in philosophy. She has debated for two years on the APDA circuit. In high school, she did LD, parliamentary, and world schools debate and was on the U.S. National Debate Team.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Kevin Krotz (LD Instructor)

Kevin Krotz, LD Instructor

Kevin competed for 4 years with Torrey Pines High School/Del Mar in San Diego, California, graduating in 2015. He acquired four bids, attended several round robins, and was a top five speaker at multiple national circuit tournaments. As a coach, his students have had success on both local and national circuits, with four qualifying for the TOC this past year, and two breaking to elims. He currently attends the University of Arizona, majoring in Philosophy. 

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Patrick Mahoney (LD Instructor)

Patrick Mahoney, LD Instructor

Patrick brings debate experience in Lincoln-Douglas (for Strake Jesuit, in TX) and college policy debate (for Stanford). As a LD competitor in high school he amassed over 10 TOC bids, broke at the TOC as a junior, was the Greenhill champion, and as a senior reached late outrounds at every tournament he attended -- all of which occurred during the period that policy-style argumentation was popularized in the activity. He also attended NFL Nationals three times, once placing in the top 50 teams in Public Forum debate his freshman year. As an instructor, he also coached (in different years) third and second place finishers in Lincoln-Douglas at the Texas Forensic Association state tournament; and he brings experience from multiple camps on both the East and West coast. As a college competitor his freshman year with the Stanford team debating with Ben Picozi, they reached the break round at CEDA and missed NDT qualification by one round.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Neeshi Patadia (Individual Events Instructor)

Neeshi Patadia, Individual Events Instructor

Neeshi Patadia participated in speech and debate as a student at Saint Francis High School from 2009 until she graduated in 2013. She has experience in both Original Oratory and Public Forum debate. 

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Leah Villanueva (LD Instructor)

Leah Villanueva, LD Instructor

Leah Clark Villanueva brings over 8 years of debate experience, including Parliamentary, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, and Policy Debate. She earned a B.A. in Psychology at CSU Los Angeles.

During college, Leah joined the CSU Fullerton Policy Debate team. She competed and cleared at several national and regional tournaments including finals at SFSU and CSUN. She placed in the Top 50 teams in the country during the 2014-2016 seasons.  

She is currently a speech and debate instructor at Mirman School. During the debate program’s first year, her students competed in deep elimination rounds and won Top Speaker at the California Middle School State Championship in 2017.

In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, binge-watching Netflix shows, writing, and volunteering at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Aurelia Williams (LD Instructor)

Aurelia Williams, LD Instructor

Aurelia has debate experience at both the high school and college level, and is also an experienced social and political activist on a local and national level. She brings years of practical and academic knowledge of race and ethnicity issues domestically and internationally to the Global Debate Symposium. Aurelia is currently a varsity policy debater and is pursuing a degree in global studies at Georgia State. Post-graduation Aurelia is planning on going to law school with a human rights concentration.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Maggie Zollo (LD Instructor)

Maggie Zollo, LD Instructor

Maggie is a junior at Texas A&M studing political science and communications. She competed locally and natioanlly for Northland Christian School in Houston, TX for 4 years. She qualified to TFA her sophomore through senior years, and had winning records and cleared at several national circuit torunaments such as Isidore Newman and Berkeley. She has continued helping out at her former high school and remains involved in the activity through judging and teaching at camps.

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Jul 22nd - Aug 4th 9th-12th Stanford University $2,595.00 – $3,250.00
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