Meet the Staff of Session II: David McNeil


LOS ANGELES, CA – As a lead up to our next installment, we’d like to share some background on the remarkable staff we’ve assembled for Session II of this summer’s Victory Briefs Institute.  Today, we’d like to introduce you to the first of our three awesome curriculum directors for Session II: David McNeil!

David reached the final rounds of the 2007 Greenhill Fall Classic, the 2008 Blake Edie Holiday Tournament, and the 2009 Minnesota State Championships, qualifying to both the Tournament of Champions and the National Forensic League Championship Tournament in both his junior and senior years. David was top speaker at the 2007 Iowa Caucus and the 2009 California Invitational (Berkeley), and was 9th speaker at the 2009 TOC. He coached LD for The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2010 and 2011, qualifying two students to NFL Nationals in 2011. Additionally, David competes on the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) circuit and serves as team captain for Carleton College, where he studies Philosophy. In 2012, he and his partner reached the finals of the Minnesota State Championship, as well as placed in the top 32 in the country at the NPDA National Championship Tournament.

We are extremely excited to have this incredible former debater and Victory Briefs Institute alum on staff!

Now that we have all the formalities out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff:

Nickname(s): DMac, Ol’ Davey
Best known for: His magical basketball skills and beating Ryan Lawrence at chess…while blindfolded
Celebrity look-a-like: Richard Gere
Favorite tournament: Berkeley
Favorite movie(s): The Lives of Others, Waiting for Guffman, Inception
Favorite music performers/ artists/ composers: Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, Blue Cranes, Franz Liszt, Glenn Gould
Hobbies: chess, jamming on tenor sax, Dance Dance Revolution, pretending to know/ justify why I’m studying philosophy in college, visiting humane societies and playing with the cats and dogs (sometimes the bunnies too but not as often)

If you see David around at Session II, make sure to stop and say hello! Can’t wait to see you at camp, David!