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judge bios

Interested in learning more about the judges who will evaluate the final debate of the 2021-22 competition? See the following! 

Mr. Miha Andrič is an international communication, speech and debate teacher, philosopher, and sociologist based in Slovenia. He is currently head of program at the Argument Institute, on the Board of Directors of the International Debate Education Association (IDEA), a board member at Dialexicon and head of the International Speech & Debate Program Bežigrad.

In the recent past, Mr. Andrič was the director of National Debate Organisation Slovenia and president of the Society for the Development of Humanities. He was the convenor of the International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) in 2020 and 2021 and has served as program director of several international debate academies, including YAV Africa, DSA Russia and ESU Turkey.

Mr. William Brewer co-founded the national litigation firm of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors in 1984.  Since that time, he has earned a national reputation as one of the most successful lawyers in the United States practicing exclusively in the field of complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Brewer is also a co-founding partner of the Brewer Foundation.

A former debater himself, Mr. Brewer helped found the International Public Policy Forum and now serves on its Advisory Board. In 2008, he was named “Communicator of the Year” by the National Forensic League.

To learn more about Mr. Brewer, please visit the Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors website

Dr. John Sexton is President Emeritus of New York University, having served as president from 2001 through 2015. Prior to being named NYU’s president, Dr. Sexton was dean of the university’s law school for fourteen years.

Before coming to NYU, Dr. Sexton served as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court (1980-1981), and to Judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal of the United States Court of Appeals (1979-1980). For ten years (1983-1993), he served as special master supervising pretrial proceedings in the Love Canal litigation.


Dr. Sexton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as the chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has received numerous awards, including "Outstanding High School Debate Coach of the Last 50 Years."

To learn more about Dr. Sexton please visit the NYU Law website.  


Ms. Kathryn Rubino is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she has worked since 2015. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. Prior to that, Ms. Rubino worked as a litigator, both at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, with a focus on class action and antitrust litigation. 

Ms. Rubino has also coached college policy debate in the novice, junior varsity and varsity levels for more than 20 years, and is currently the coach at the United States Military Academy. She's served in numerous leadership positions in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) including President, Vice President, Regional Representative for the Northeast, Public Relations Chair and Topic Committee member. 

Ms. Rubino has been awarded the Galentine Award for outstanding female coach, the Dr. Amy Fugate Leadership Award for service to CEDA, and the Dr. Neil Berch Award for coaching.

Dr. Raghu Sundaram is Dean and the Edward I. Altman Professor of Credit and Debt Markets at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He was appointed Dean on January 1, 2018, having previously served as Vice Dean for MBA Programs and Online Learning.

Dean Sundaram's work in finance spans a number of areas including agency problems, executive compensation, corporate finance, derivatives pricing, and credit risk and credit derivatives. He has also published extensively in mathematical economics, decision theory, and game theory. His research has appeared in leading academic journals in finance and economics, as well as in several practitioner-oriented journals. He is the author of two books: A First Course in Optimization Theory (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and Derivatives: Principles and Practice (McGraw-Hill, 2010). 

Prior to joining NYU Stern in 1996, Dean Sundaram was on the faculty of the University of Rochester from 1988-96. He received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Madras, India, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a PhD in economics from Cornell University.


To learn more about Dean Sundaram, please visit the NYU Stern website


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