Team Policy Debate Webinar on the 2018-19 Resolution

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

3:30pm PST

In this webinar, there are no lectures on debate theory, no lab groups, and no practice rounds. The focus is on learning about the resolution.

The ideal debate season starts with head-knowledge about the resolution, and the featured speaker will provide this directly to you.  This is a great opportunity to interact with an expert on the labor policy topic—an expert who just might be well-quoted this debate season.


Head-knowledge, resources, and case ideas are the fruit of this concentrated, one hour lecture on the 2018-19 LFA team policy debate resolution.  Don’t miss this chance to see and hear one of our nation’s experts address the labor policy debate!


Speaker: Michael Farren of the Mercatus Center

Michael is a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  

His research focuses on the effects of government favoritism toward particular businesses, industries, and occupations, specializing in labor, economic development, and transportation issues.

Michael has testified before state legislature on various topics and his research and commentary have been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News, and NPR. He blogs about economics and economic policy at Concentrated Benefits.


Michael received his PhD in applied economics from Ohio State University and received the Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship from the Mercatus Center. He is also licensed as a Professional Engineer and received his MS in transportation engineering and BS in civil engineering from Ohio State University.

About the Webinar

The LFA in collaboration with the Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) offers a one hour virtual webinar to coaches and students free of charge! The webinar features an expert knowledgeable and experienced in the field of the current team policy debate resolution. The webinar generally supplants a club meeting in which the debaters as well as the coach view the webinar collectively**. This is the recommended viewing format.  However, students can view and participate in the webinar individually. Sign up using the button above to take advantage of this valuable and highly educational opportunity.

**Note: If you are a coach, teacher, or club registering for an entire group, please be sure to note this in the name section of the registration form. You can use your school or club name.  Also, please specify how many participants are viewing the webinar. The number can be placed in parenthesis next to the school or club name.**

Past Webinars

For the 2017-18 season, the guest webinar speaker was Evan Swarztrauber, Director of Public Affairs at Tech Freedom, addressing the resolution of electronic surveillance.


For the 2016-17 season, the guest webinar speaker was Dr. Adam Millsap, from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, addressing the resolution of means-tested poverty programs.

About Bill of Rights Institute

Established in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society. The Institute develops educational resources and programs for a network of more than 50,000 educators and 70,000 students nationwide. Learn more at

Debate Webinar

For the past two years, the LFA has collaborated with the Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) to deliver one hour webinars to coaches and students.  We are excited to announce that another webinar will be offered this speech and debate season! See below for more details.