Isidore Newman School Invitational

2019 — New Orleans, LA/US

Congress Procedures

Congress Prelims
Please submit up to three pieces of legislation per school.  Email them as Microsoft Word attachments in the proper format (NSDA criteria) to Greg Malis (email address on main page under "contacts").  Please submit by Friday, November 15.  The packet of legislation will be available on or before November 22.  The tournament directors reserve the right to supplement the packet to assure we have an appropriate number of items and an appropriate variety of topics.

The legislation for the Preliminary Sessions is posted HERE.

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

The topic area of the 2019 Final Session will be US criminal justice reform. Specific areas of discussion could include but is not limited to sentencing guidelines, juvenile justice reform, and prison reform.