Articles I - III: Name, Purpose, Membership

Article I. Name

The name of the organization shall be the American Forensics Association. Official use of the Association's name shall occur only through the authority of the National Council.

Article II. Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be to promote argument and advocacy and to support the professionals whose activities adhere to the following credo:

  • Our principle is the power of individuals to participate with others in shaping their world through the human capacity of language;
  • Our commitment to argument expresses our faith in reason-giving as a key to that power;
  • Our commitment to advocacy expresses our faith in oral expression as a means to empower people in situations of their lives;
  • Our research studies the place of argument in advocacy in these situations of empowerment;
  • Our teaching seeks to expand students'' appreciation for the place of argument and advocacy in shaping their worlds, and to prepare students through classrooms, forums, and competition for participation in their world through the power of expression; and
  • Our public involvement seeks to empower through argument and advocacy.

Article III. Membership

Membership shall be available to any person supporting the purposes of this Association, and to any institution, department, library, or organization upon payment of appropriate dues. Categories of membership shall be specified in the Association by-laws.