We invite you to join the American Forensic Association. Our members include researchers in argumentation theory, practice and criticism from throughout the world; teachers of public speaking, critical thinking, performance studies, and debate from high schools and colleges; coaches of debate and individual programs at the high school and college level; as well are practitioners including lawyers, journalists, and government officials. Members include all who are committed to the use of reasoned discourse and verbal advocacy to promote democratic empowerment. We are the professional organization for researchers, teachers, and practitioners of argumentation and public advocacy.

American Forensic Association

National Debate Tournament

National Speech Tournament

Affiliate Memberships

American Debate Association

Cross Examination Debate Association

  • Associate Membership: Journal, monthly Executive Secretary Reports only, no tournament participation
  • Affiliate Membership: Schools not members the previous year; in addition to above includes full voting privileges, eligibility for CEDA awards, able to enter CEDA national tournament
  • Institutional Membership: Includes benefits listed above, after first year of membership

National Forensic Association

National Parliamentary Debate Association

National Debate Coaches Association