Speech and Debate

Debate practice



The Lewis & Clark speech & debate squad is one of the most successful full-service programs in the United States, as its competitors have excelled in both debate and individual events.

The L&C team has been around nearly since the founding of the college, and it is one of the most active and well-supported intercollegiate activities at Lewis & Clark, with individualized coaching and a supportive team culture. Please use the links on the navigation bar to learn more about our history, our team’s current activities, and how you can get involved!

If you are an incoming student who would like to express interest in the team (and potentially apply for a scholarship!) please go to the “Get More Information!” link on the navigation bar.


Lewis & Clark wins President’s Two team national title; Smothers, Lutz and Webb finish in top five nationally

The Lewis & Clark speech / debate team won its first NFA team national title in program history, finishing as the top team in the President’s Two division for medium-sized programs.

Smothers, Lutz lead L&C to best National Speech Tournament finish ever

Led by Hope Smothers (’22) and Aaron Lutz (’22), the Lewis & Clark speech team had its best finish ever at the National Speech Tournament as the 14th place squad in the nation.

McDonagh and Talamantez take top two spots at national championship

Lewis & Clark’s Raine McDonagh (’20) and Mary Talamantez (’20) were named the top two individual speakers in the nation at the 2020 National Parliamentary Debate Association’s Championship Tournament.

Dead Heat: Lewis & Clark’s Knighton & Lutz tie to seal team’s fifth straight NFC championship

Ally Knighton (’21) and Aaron Lutz (’22) made history in the Northwest Forensics Conference by tying for the Coaches Commemorative Award, granted to the student who performs the best across three designated regional championships throughout the season. Their win was the fifth consecutive CCA award from Lewis & Clark, which was also honored with the gold medal for overall team performance.

Strong Start for Speech and Debate in San Francisco

The Lewis & Clark speech and debate team garnered first place four-year school honors at the Golden Gate Opener, held September 20-22 at San Francisco State University. Competitors won three debate events and six individual events in earning top honors.