Meet Our Staff

Among the staff for our institutes will be:

  • Allison Harper, Associate Director of Debate at Emory University and coach at North Broward High School.  Allison debated for and earned her PhD from George Mason University. She has also coached at Samford University and Mountain Brook High School.  Her high school teams have won the Baker Cup, NDCA Nationals, and the TOC

  • Brian Klarman, the Assistant Director of Debate at Emory University, who coaches at North Broward High School, and has coached at Pace, Harvard Westlake, and Dartmouth College. Brian received a First-Round At-Large Bid to the 2016 National Debate Tournament and qualified to the NDT each of his three years debating at Emory. While debating at Pace Academy, Brian twice qualified to the Tournament of Champions

  • Ed Lee, III, is senior director of the Alben W. Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue, which houses Emory’s nationally acclaimed debate team. He is a relentless advocate for public debate and dialogue and is a national media commentator for US presidential debates and the use of arguments in public discourse. He is routinely seen on CNN discussing presidential debate strategies and their impact on national politics. In 2015 he received the Ross K. Smith National Coach of the Year award and is a three-time recipient of the James Unger Award, given to the coach of the best college debate team in the country