Isidore Newman School Invitational

2020 — NSDA Campus, LA/US

Congress Procedures

Congress Prelims and any Elims prior to Finals
Please submit up to three pieces of legislation per school.  These should be submitted through the legislation upload procedure on To submit legislation, log in to tabroom, click on this tournament's name in your list of "existing tournament registrations." If you have confirmed Congress entries, there is a tab for "Legislation". From there, you will be able to upload up to 3 different properly formatted files. Please submit by Friday, November 13.  The packet of legislation will be available on or before November 20.  The tournament staff reserves the right to supplement the packet to assure we have an appropriate number of items and a variety of topics.

Link to Legislation for Prelims and Semis

Congress Finals
We will continue to use an open-ended approach to the Final Session of Congress. There will be no bills or resolutions.  Debaters simply give speeches on what should be done, and/or they directly clash with previous speakers.

Past topic areas:
2011 - US debt
2012 - US policy in the Middle East
2013 - US immigration policy
2014 - Election reform in the US
2015 - US trade policy
2016 - US policy toward Russia
2017 - US health care system
2018 – US federal safety net programs
2019 - US criminal justice reform

The topic area for the Final Session in 2020 is Structural Inequality in the US. Specifically, the debaters should focus on three areas: income inequality, gender inequality, racial inequality.