The short answer: Maybe. The longer answer can be found in a new article in the Houston Law Review by former debaters (and current lawyers) Tom Fulkerson and Wes Lotz. Get into debate because you’re looking forward to a career in law? [..]

A few days ago, we noticed the debate Twitters-verse buzzing about one of the worst parts of competing – the unhelpful reason for decision [RFD]. What do we mean by that? [..]

As many of you have noticed, Debate Central has undergone a serious makeover in the past year. Don’t worry; your favorite features aren’t going anywhere! We’re still doing all of the same topic analyses, free files and skills-based lesson plans that make Debate Central the # 1 completely free resource for high school debaters in PF, LD, and CX! Recently, however, we’ve shifted our emphasis and want to know how you feel about it! [..]

A new article in the Eurasia Review argues that they might not – at least not as much as we think. We cut a card from the introduction but encourage you to read the entire thing. It provides some interesting context as well as pretty solid US-LA relations defense. You can find the card (and the link) below the fold. [..]

Here at Debate Central, we’re huge fans of speaking clearly and persuasively. We understand, however, that the demands of many activities make that complicated. Many debaters struggle to balance the desire to speak fast enough to be competitive with the need to communicate in a way that most judges and competitors will easily understand. Case in point, we had a question come in over Twitter this weekend about how to do just that. [..]

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