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Record number of schools enter Society's competition

25 November 2008

A record number of teams from high schools across the country have signed up to take part in the opening rounds of the Law Society of Scotland’s annual debating tournament.

A total of 153 teams have entered this year’s Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament, which was launched in 1998 to celebrate and encourage debating in schools, and has since grown to become the largest competition of its kind in Scotland.

The tournament, sponsored by Simpson and Marwick solicitors and Hodder Gibson publishers, invites pupils to pit their wits and powers of persuasion against each other.

Collette Paterson, new lawyers’ coordinator at the Law Society of Scotland, said: “There has been a real revival in debate and public speaking at schools which is great to see.

“The demand for places in this year’s competition has been so high that, for the first time, we have had to create a reserve list of teams, with any who can’t participate in the competitive rounds, still having the opportunity to test their debating skills."

The first round motion is “This House believes Scotland needs nuclear power”.

For further information about the debating tournament see

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