Teaching Team (Summer '20):
- Cameron Baghai - Yale Law School J.D., UCLA B.A. Philosophy Summa Cum Laude
- Sachin Jain - UC Berkeley Masters of Public Policy, UC Berkeley B.S. Summa Cum Laude
- Nina Ramachandini - Stanford University
SACHIN JAIN (FOUNDER / INSTRUCTOR)
Sachin is the founder of Athens Debate. Sachin has 16 years of experience competing and coaching Speech and Debate. His students have achieved great success at the local, state, and national levels.
He completed his undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley and his Masters of Public Policy from the top ranked policy school in the country, UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. Sachin has taught undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, debate at Stanford University, and at various debate academies in the Bay Area.
Most notably, Sachin uses his experience in Speech and Debate to find success in the real world. He has worked in political and policy capacities at the United States Senate, White House, San Jose City Council, the Governor of California, President of the UC System, and the Mayor of San Jose.
He enjoys teaching students how to make debate come alive for them and be applicable to their future pursuits. Debate changed his life and he hopes to do the same for all of his students.
CAMERON BAGHAI (CO-FOUNDER / INSTRUCTOR)
Cameron holds a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School where he graduated with a near perfect academic record. Cameron has clerked with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, served as a litigation associate for one of the nation's most premiere law firms, O'Melveny & Meyers LLP, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Philosophy.
Cameron has achieved great success in debate at the high school and collegiate levels. In high school, Cameron qualified to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) in both his Junior and Senior years. Cameron won multiple bid tournaments including Harvard-Westlake, USC, and CPS. He went undefeated at the UC Berkeley Invitational and reached late elimination rounds Stanford, Berkeley, USC, Harvard-Westlake, USC, and more. He received 1st speaker awards at numerous national tournaments.
As a debate coach, Cameron has taught students from across California and his students have placed 1st at the Novice National Championships, California Round-Robin, Golden Gate Desert Invitational, and many other tournaments. He has qualified debaters to the TOC and State tournaments every year of his coaching career. Many of those debaters advanced to deep outrounds at those tournaments, in addition to Nationals. Cameron has coached for debate luminaries like Paras Kumar.
Cameron has taught for the Victory Briefs Institute (summers of 2009, 2010, 2011) and has previously served as an Assistant Coach for Brentwood High School where his students qualified to the TOC, won Novice Nationals, and reached late elimination rounds at some of the nation's most prestigious tournaments.
As a college debater, Cameron qualified to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (the college equivalent of the TOC) as a freshman. He consistently received 1st and 2nd Speaker awards at most tournaments from 2009 - 2012, advanced to late elimination rounds at almost every tournament attended, and was consistently ranked in the top 25 debaters in the country.
Cameron brings enormous value to Athens by giving our students access to a top debate mind, a legal expert with significant academic and professional experience in legal academia, philosophy, and public policy. Learning from someone who advises circuit court judges and is sought after by this nation's top law firms is a true privilege for Athens students.