In previous decades, forensics was a well-respected co-curricular activity, with students becoming involved as early as middle school and moving into colleges across the country. The activity provides a multitude of meanings for individuals, teams, and colleges across the nation conjuring feelings of friendship, community, education, leadership, and competition. Many within the forensic community know the reputation of this activity can be attributed to influential individuals such as Grace Walsh, L. E. Norton, and Larry Schnoor, among others. Despite the great past and present of this activity, the future is looming with potential pitfalls that could damage the activity. We propose the next 50 years of forensics are fraught with potential struggles, but through discussion and action, the community can remain as strong for future generations as when it began.
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Outzen, Christopher P.; Youngvorst, Lucas J.; and Cronn-Mills, Daniel
"The Next 50 Years of Forensics: Acknowledging Problems, Preparing Solutions,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 50
, Article 7.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol50/iss2/7