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2017 NFA Extemp Themes

posted Mar 28, 2017, 6:21 PM by Megan Koch

National Council and LD Committee Candidates

posted Mar 20, 2017, 5:55 AM by Karen Morris

Platform letters and photos are posted for all candidates running for the following positions.

Vice President of Tournament Administration

 Two At-Large Council Positions

  Graduate Student Representative

 Three LD Committee Members

To read about these  candidates go to the Elections Page under "About NFA"

 Voting link will be available to member school voting delegates on April 1st via

 SpeechWire and voting will be closed on April 15th


NFA 2017 Amendment Proposals

posted Mar 14, 2017, 9:08 PM by Megan Koch   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 5:51 AM by Karen Morris ]

New amendment proposals have been posted to the General Business Meeting Proposals page.  They include:
  • Octafinals Implementation Plan
  • Proposal to Lock President's Sweepstakes
  • Proposal to Cap Outround Sweepstakes Points
Remember, proposals must be sent to the National Council no later than 4/1 to be included on the General Business Meeting agenda.  Email proposals to the Secretary/Treasurer:

2017-2018 NFA-LD Topic has been chosen

posted Mar 8, 2017, 2:59 PM by Karen Morris

2017-2018 Topic Area Ballots are in: 
39 delegates voted

6th place (106 points) Treaty Ratification 
5th place (134 points) Immigration Reform 
4th place (135 points) Social Justice Reform 
3rd place (141 points) Judicial Reform 
2nd place (145 points) Cybersecurity/Digital Law 
1st place (158 points) Criminal Justice Reform now Live

posted Feb 23, 2017, 7:21 PM by Karen Morris

If you want more details about NFA at Eau Claire, go to

Call for Nominations for NFA National Council and LD Committee

posted Feb 15, 2017, 3:48 PM by Megan Koch

2017 Call for Nominations

National Forensic Association Call for Submissions

posted Feb 7, 2017, 2:49 PM by Karen Morris

The purpose of the National Forensic Association is to promote intercollegiate forensics, a goal which encompasses its concern for forensic theory, practice, and pedagogy.  Members are concerned with the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues which undergird the practice of intercollegiate Individual Events and Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The National Forensic Association particularly encourages submissions which portray, research or enhance the convention theme "Our Legacy, Our Relevance." 

The National Forensic Association will accept the following submission types:  Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, and Panel Discussions.  Review criteria for Individual Papers may include (but are not necessarily limited to) such issues as relevance to the NFA membership, apparent level of scholarly contribution (a multi-faceted concept), execution and writing issues, and overall impression.  Review criteria for both Paper Sessions and Panel Discussions may include (but are not necessarily limited to) such issues as relevance to the NFA membership, session design, originality, timeliness/urgency, apparent level of scholarly contribution (a multi-faceted concept), and overall impression.

All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central.  Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.  For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions provided in the Convention Library (  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

     1. Individual Papers Requirements.   Submitters should include the title, paper description, author information and keywords in the appropriate sections of the electronic form. Submissions must include a 30-page (maximum), double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper.  Only completed papers will be accepted as individual paper submissions.  Abstracts are not appropriate for this format.  Projects involving original research rather than reflection pieces are given acceptance priority.  Copies must be uploaded into NCA Convention Central and must not include identifying information.  Instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library (

     2. Paper Sessions.  Submitters should include the session title and session description in the electronic submission form. Submissions must include the entry of each paper, including title, paper description, and authors involved.  A session chair is required.  Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission.

     3. Panel Discussions.  Submitters must include a session title and description, entry of each presenter involved.  A session chair is required.  Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission.  To the extent possible, specific information explaining the unique contribution each panelist will make to the discussion is desirable.

AV information is required at the time of submission.


All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission.  Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library (


Daniel West

National Forensic Association

(740) 590-7378

LD Topic Areas Papers for 2017 Posted

posted Feb 3, 2017, 7:49 PM by Karen Morris   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 8:13 PM by Megan Koch ]

You can read the 6 LD topic area position papers under the LD tab.  Ballots for these areas will  be sent to NFA member school voting delegates soon.

Note from the NFA Tournament Director

posted Sep 16, 2016, 8:05 AM by Karen Morris   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 10:04 AM by Megan Koch ]

Hello Friends,

I am excited to serve as your National Tournament Director this year, and am looking forward to the start of a fantastic season leading to NFA in Eau Claire!  As you ready your teams to travel, here are a few reminders for reporting NFA qualifications:

If you use SpeechWire to host or attend a tournament:

· Results will be automatically be reported.

· Please take a moment to update your team roster and mark students appropriately as active or inactive. 

· Remember to enter student names the same way for every tournament. Typos, extra spaces, abbreviations, or other variations will create multiple records for the same student and may complicate the verification process.  

If you do NOT use SpeechWire to host a tournament:

· Follow these step-by-step directions to create a tournament report:

Update to Qualification Procedures:

· Please note the by-law changes that were passed at the 2016 April business meeting which impact when and how students can qualify for NFA: For tournaments with 60 or more entrants in an event where no semifinal rounds are held, then the top 10% of entrants will qualify for the national tournament. In the case where there are 60 or more entrants in an event and semifinal rounds are held, then all semifinalists will qualify for the national tournament. In the case where there are more than 90 entrants in an event and ‘super semis’ or quarter final rounds are held, then all contestants in the appropriate elimination rounds will qualify for the national tournament.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have regarding the above process or the National Tournament. Additionally, check for tournament information and updates.

Wishing you all a happy and productive season,

Rebecca Buel

2016-2017 LD Resolution

posted Jul 7, 2016, 8:56 AM by Karen Morris

37 schools voted using the online voting system, excellent turnout.  The full results are below:

5th place (98 points) - D. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should increase technical assistance for the substantial reduction of fossil fuel emissions in Brazil.

4th place (109 points) - A. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially increase its “Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance” assistance to Latin America.

3rd place (112 points) - C. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially increase its diplomatic engagement with Chile and/or Bolivia.

2nd place (113 points) - E. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with one or more of the following nations: Bolivia, Nicaragua, and/or Venezuela.

1st place (123 points) - B. Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially reduce the role of the United States Southern Command in Latin America.

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