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2017-2018 LD Resolution Announced

posted Jul 1, 2017, 7:36 AM by Karen Morris

The winning 2017-2018 NFA-LD Resolution is:

Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially increase the regulation of state and/or local police misconduct in the United States.

There were a total of 41 schools voting in this year's balloting--an excellent turn out and close race.  Thank you to all of the schools who participated in the process.   The full results are listed below:

1st place with 133 points:   C.  Resolved:  the United States federal government should substantially increase the regulation of state and/or local police misconduct in the United States.

2nd place with 131 points:   A.  Resolved: the United States federal government should adopt a policy to substantially improve prison conditions in the United States

3rd place with 126 points:   E.  Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially strengthen the 5th and/or 6th  amendment protections of criminal defendants in the United States.

4th place with 116 points:  B.   Resolved: the Supreme Court of the United States should substantially expand the constitutional protections of criminal defendants in one or more of the following areas: self-incrimination, right to counsel, and/or criminal jury selection.

5th place with 109 points:  D.  Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially restrict one or more of the following: the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

May 2017 Newsletter

posted May 18, 2017, 12:13 PM by Karen Morris

  Results are in for the NFA At-Large Run–Off Election

Voting closed on May 15th for the Run Off Election for the open NFA At-Large Representative Position and the NFA LD Resolution.  Congrats to University of Northern Iowa’s Sade Barfield as she will begin serving in this open position.  The winning LD Resolution will be announced on July 1st.


  Call for NFA  Committee Volunteers

Want to have a voice in NFA? We need coaches to volunteer to serve on the many standing and ad hoc committees.  If you would be willing to serve on any of these committees.  Please let Karen Morris know by   May 25th.   A complete description of the  committees can be found at


        Awards Committee                                                    Hall of Fame Committee

        Constitution Committee                                             Impromptu Committee

        Ethics Committee                                                      Research Committee

        Extemporaneous Committee                                     Social Media Committee


       Ad Hoc Committee for Assigned Seeding in Out Rounds

       Ad Hoc Committee to Lock Presidents Sweepstakes

       Ad Hoc Committee on NFA Fair Judging Practice

       *NEW Ad Hoc Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness


   Items that Passed at the NFA Business Meeting in April

Click the following links to read the specific proposals we passed at NFA

All of these can be found at

      Proposal on Electronic Voting

     Statement of Inclusion Only from the Proposed Edits tothe NFA Code of Ethics (blue highlights)

      Proposal for changing IE Out round judging panel restrictions with addition of “and no more than one judge from  any one school”

    Items that will be open for discussion before NCA:                                 The General Business Meeting at NFA unfortunately had more business than    meeting time.  So many members participated in active discussion of           the  proposals and issues on the agenda.  To make our meetings more productive, we  ask that members discuss agenda  items prior to the NCA              meeting.  Once committees have been established based on volunteers,   discussion on the following items will be posted via facebook.  Committee          chairs will facilitate the discussion.  Let your voice be heard.

              From Committees

              Proposed Edits to the NFA Code of Ethics

                 Proposal to Add Sanctions for Violations

                   Proposal to Lock Presidents 

                  Proposal to address fair judging practices 

                      Proposal to Renew Novice Finals

           From Members

                      Proposal for Language Inclusivity in Event Descriptions 

                           Proposal to add Program Oral Interpretation 

                           Cap Octafinals Sweepstakes Points Proposal 



Minutes can be found for the GBM at

The NFA Statement on Student Travel and Safety can be found at:


NFA Video Links to the 2017 NFA Final Rounds were emailed to the Designated Voting Delegate for NFA Member Schools . 

Remember the Links are for member schools only.



posted May 3, 2017, 9:08 AM by Megan Koch   [ updated May 3, 2017, 9:12 AM ]

The National Forensic Association (NFA) is an academic association dedicated to providing leadership in intercollegiate speech and debate education in the United States.  The NFA sponsors the annual collegiate national championship in Individual Events and Lincoln Douglas Debate during April.  The NFA is committed to expanding and enhancing collegiate educational opportunities in speech communication nationwide.  The Association is governed by a National Council comprised of elected faculty members from member institutions.

 The National Forensic Association adheres to the following statement of inclusion as adopted as part of the NFA Bylaws as of 4/15/17:

The NFA embraces human diversity as a core value. We express this value best in the inclusion and affirmation of the various identity groups to which our members and participants belong. This commitment to inclusiveness embraces identities and social roles that arise from but are not limited to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, or ability status. We affirm and uphold the right to basic human dignity and respect across these diverse forms of human expression.  Participation in NFA events is by invitation. As such, NFA is firmly committed to maintaining an environment that is free from acts that are inconsistent with the inclusiveness it seeks to foster. When actions deemed contrary to this core value are reported to the Tournament Director, the behavior will be investigated promptly, and appropriate remedial actions will be taken.

Therefore, actions taken by the current administration, including the Executive Orders 13768, 13780 and resulting increased ICE activity are of significant concern to the National Forensic Association National Council.  Given forensic participation requires extensive travel, we understand that those in our community who may be impacted are coping with fear of harassment, detention, and deportation as a result of these new policies.  The National Council encourages members of the forensic community to protect and support those impacted by these policies. The following organizations provide resources to assist those who believe their rights are being violated:


· We Stand With Our Students:


· American Immigration Lawyers Association:

The NFA National Council implores our forensic educators and forensics competitors to use their critical thinking skills and the preceding resources to help protect the individuals who encounter actions that lead to oppression and detainment when trying to participate in forensic tournaments hosted nationwide.  As stated earlier, the NFA welcomes all, but know that the NFA will always stand against oppression, exclusion, racism, sexism and any other act that divides us.  We welcome all, now and always.

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

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