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news: Press Releases: 2012 November 26: NYCUDL Receives White House Award



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Brown Rudnick Charitable Grantee, the New York City Urban Debate League, Is Honored by First Lady Michelle Obama

The New York City Urban Debate League is recognized for positive youth outcomes

Boston, MA, November 26, 2012 – On November 19th, students from Bronx High School for Law, Government and Justice and their teacher Erik Fogel received the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. They accepted on behalf of the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) which was recognized for its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people.

Chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists, the NYCUDL was one of 12 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the award, which is the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. The award honors community-based arts and humanities programs that make a marked difference in the lives of their participants by improving academic scores and graduation rates, enhancing life skills, developing positive relationships with peers and adults, and expressing themselves creatively. In addition to the national recognition bestowed by receipt of the prestigious award, the NYCUDL will also receive $10,000 to support its programming and engage more young people from the community.

The NYCUDL is a three-time recipient of an annual Relationship Grant from the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a non-profit, tax-exempt entity established by the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP. For over a decade, the Foundation has been awarding Relationship Grants to tax-exempt organizations for programs designed to improve inner-city education in a city where Brown Rudnick has domestic offices. These annual grants seek to improve inner-city education by forming a relationship with a non-profit organization that optimally includes providing financial support, pro bono legal representation and volunteer time. The NYCUDL and Brown Rudnick have such a relationship.

Erik Fogel, teacher at Bronx High School for Law, Government and Justice, said, “The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation has been the number one financial contributor to the NYCUDL for two years now, and we would not be receiving this award if it was not for the Foundation and the pro bono legal support of Brown Rudnick attorneys. We literally would not have a NYC debate league without Brown Rudnick.”

In October 2012, Brown Rudnick also provided pro bono legal representation to the NYCUDL to help the debate league obtain non-profit status.

The New York City Urban Debate League is the city's only debate league for all ages, all students, and all schools. For more information, please visit

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