As members of the forensics community, we believe that, to preserve the educational and competitive qualities of high school speech and debate events, each school should have access to the highest quality of evidence available. Because we feel that speech and debate events get students more involved in their communities, increase their knowledge of the world they live in, and develop skills they will need in life, we ultimately hope to get more schools involved in speech and debate, and to increase the involvement of less active schools.The Forensics Files (TFF)
is a Texas partnership established in 2004. Our first year we started out producing topic files for Lincoln-Douglas debate. The following year we produced our first textbook. In 2006, we expanded our product line to include 3 more textbooks and workbooks, public forum topic files, CX topic files, and classroom posters.Richard Colling (Partner & Co-Founder)
is currently a teacher and debate instructor at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas. He has coached debate for all 12 years he has taught high school. Richard has a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Houston, Victoria. He primarily works on researching and writing the LD files; he also completed the textbook, Winning LD Debate Tournaments, and designed many classroom posters.Michael Ritter (Partner & Co-Founder)
has a B.A. in Speech Communication from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a J.D. from The University of Texas (UT) School of Law. Michael debated for three years in high school and for three years at Trinity University and advanced to out rounds at several tournaments. He primarily works on researching and compiling the CX and PFD products and has completed the textbooks Introduction to High School Debate and Logic and Moral Theories and Moral Obligations.
His external publications include:First Observations on the 2008-2009 Renewable Energy Topic,
The Rostrum, Vol. 82:9 May 2008.A Theory of Theory in Lincoln-Douglas Debate,
The Rostrum, Vol. 81:3 Nov. 2006.