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Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Lincoln-Douglas debate on the intercollegiate level is one-on-one policy debate. Typically, the membership proposes several different topic areas which are used for an entire season. The membership votes on those areas, selecting one. The LD committee then proposes several resolutions.

The 2019-2020 Resolution 
Resolved:  The United States federal government should implement an energy policy that substantially increases investments in one or more of the following domestic energy sectors: nuclear, hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, solar.

2020-2021 Topic Papers
Topic papers are attached to the following page:  2020-2021 Topic Papers.  

The winning 2020-2021 topic paper is Immigration


Want to give NFA-LD a try?  

Don't forget to download the rules. Click here for a printable PDF of the LD rules.  Please refer to the NFA By-Laws for the complete rules, qualification and eligibility guidelines and code of ethics.
  • Time limits for LD debate are:

    • 1st Aff. constructive – 6 minutes
    • Cross Examination – 3 minutes
    • 1st Neg. constructive – 7 minutes
    • Cross Examination – 3 minutes
    • 1st Aff. rebuttal – 6 minutes
    • Neg. rebuttal – 6 minutes
    • 2nd Aff. rebuttal – 3 minutes
    • Prep time: 4 minutes
  • 2019-2020 LD Committee Members

    • Chad Meadows (Chair) (3 year term)--Western Kentucky University
    • Jared Anderson, Sacramento State University
    • Joe Gantt, Lewis and Clark College
    • Scott Thomson, Ithaca College 
    • Student Representative-Cami Smith, Truman State University
  • 2020-2021 LD Committee Members

    • Chad Meadows (Chair) (3 year term)--Western Kentucky University
    • Craig Henningan, Truman State University
    • Justin Kirk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • Heather Walter, Missouri State University
    • Sarah Stevenson-Peck, Penn State University