Founded in 2001, the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) is the only contest that gives high school students globally the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy involving on average over 200 high schools in 20 countries and over 800 students each yr.
The IPPF is administered by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, with the NYU CEDA team serving as judges, school ambassadors, and facilitators for the event. With extensive help of the NYU team and the leadership of Brewer Attorneys LLC, the IPPF is available to any and all public and private high schools across the globe for FREE.
ABOUT BREWER ATTORNEYS
The Brewer firm and managing partner Bill Brewer were recently recognized by 2020 Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation. Both our Dallas and New York offices received special honors. The Best Lawyers in America recognition is based on interviews with corporate clients and peer evaluations, making it one of the most prestigious honors in the profession. Brewer takes on tough cases from Voting Rights Act to the NRA's 1st Amendment matters.
The firm's commitment to community service extends far beyond IPPF. The Brewer Storefront recently prevailed in several Voting Rights Act cases. As a result, the Richardson Independent School District adopted a new electoral system and elected its first candidate of color under that framework. The Foundation also runs the Future Leaders Program [FLP], a public-private partnership that lights a path to college for deserving students from the Dallas Independent School District awarding scholarships to Pomona College, NYU and Amherst to name a few. 30 FLP scholars graduated in 2019.
ELITE EIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS APRIL 24-26, 2020 See IPPF update [left]
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Resolved: When in conflict, a nation's self-interest should outweigh its international commitments to migrants.
UPDATE ON THE 2020 IPPF ELITE 8
Over the past several weeks, the situation surrounding OVID-19 has evolved. We've been monitoring the situation abroad, in the US, and, more specifically, in NYC. We have been following guidance from the CDC and NY officials in order to inform our decisions and ensure we act in the best interests of our student debaters and IPPF supporters. As you may know, the CDC has recommended the cancellation of any gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.
At the direction of the CDC and NYC health officials, we have reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s IPPF Finals, planned for April 25 in New York City. We regret the need for this announcement, particularly for our student debaters. An IPPF executive committee is currently considering options for the remainder of the contest. Of course, we are committed to recognizing the contributions and outstanding achievement of our final eight (8) teams.
Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. We were ultimately guided by our responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students, coaches, and supporters.
We want to thank our coaches, students, and parents for their understanding, and for their continued support and partnership. We also want to recognize New York Times immigration reporter Caitlin Dickerson, who was scheduled to join our Finals proceedings as a judge and keynote speaker.
We hope all of you will join us for the 2020–21 contest, when we celebrate our 20th anniversary. As you may have heard, you can help play a role in determining the topic for next year's contest. For the first time, we are inviting our IPPF coaches, students and supporters to vote for the resolution. To cast a ballot, please visit www.ippfdebate.com/2020-21-vote. The winning resolution will be announced online on April 25, 2020.
On behalf of the Brewer Foundation and NYU, we hope you all stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. .