Erwin Chemerinsky (C75)

Erwin Chemerinsky from Chicago joined the Northwestern debate team as a freshman in school year 1971-72. As a freshman, with partner Paul Clote, Erwin reached the quarter-finals at Kentucky and Wake Forest. He and Paul also reached the octa-finals at Oberlin (where he was third speaker) and with Ron Marmer he reached the octas at the University of Kansas Heart of America tournament. He was sixth speaker at Navy. Erwin reached the quarter-finals at the National Novice tournament where he and his partner were paired against another NU team that was selected to advance.

In his sophomore year, he reached the octa-finals of UCLA paired with Paul Clote.  At the Southwest Missouri and Harvard tournaments, Chemerinsky and Clote also reached the octa-finals. They won Butler (Chemerinsky was top speaker) and reached the quarters at Dartmouth, where Chemerinsky was top speaker. Chemerinsky and Clote qualified for the NDT at District V and reached the octa-finals at the NDT, where they stepped aside in favor of NU’s Ron Marmer and Elliot Minceberg.

In his junior year, Erwin and partner Paul Clote and were NU’s top two-person team. They won the University of Kentucky tournament (with Chemerinsky named top speaker), placed second at the Kentucky round robin (with Chemerinsky named second speaker), lost in the finals at North Carolina (with Chemerinsky top speaker), were second at the Marietta round robin (with Chemerinsky named second speaker), lost in the semi-finals at both UCLA (with Chemerinsky named seventh speaker) and the University of Kansas Heart of America tournament (with Chemerinsky  named sixth speaker), reached the quarters at Houston (with Chemerinsky named fourth speaker), made the quarter-finals at Redlands (with Chemerinsky third speaker), and made the octa-finals at Harvard (with Chemerinsky third speaker), and Dartmouth (with Chemerinsky third speaker).  At the NDT, Chemerinsky was named fifth speaker but did not make the elimination rounds.

In his senior year, Erwin won five tournaments. With junior Al an Loewinsohn, he won the Kentucky round robin (with Chemerinsky top speaker), Wake Forest (also top speaker), Harvard (fourth speaker),  and the University of Kansas Heart of America tournament (third speaker). In addition, Cherinsky debating with Marcy Strauss won the Vanderbilt tournament and was top speaker. Chemerinsky and Loewinsohn also reached the semi-finals of Emory (with Chemerinsky being named top speaker), the semis of Houston (Chemerinsky fourth speaker) and the semis of Utah where (also fourth speaker).  They also made the quarters of UCLA and Dartmouth (where Chemerinsky was second speaker), and the octa-finals at Kansas State Emporia. At the National Debate Tournament, they lost in the octa-finals and Chemerinsky was named fifth speaker.