Forensics Speech & Debate

What is Forensics?

Forensics is intercollegiate competitive speaking that is held locally and across the nation on different College/University campuses.

Team members practice and compete individually or with a partner to uncover different kinds of truth through speech, performance, and/or debate. This activity serves as the applied or laboratory experience for many of the communication classes offered today (i.e. argumentation, public speaking, oral interpretation, etc.).

Students gain confidence and the necessary communicative skills to be competitive in their personal, academic, and career life. Plus it’s fun!


Description of Events

Platform Speeches

For the Professional/Business Speaker in Each of Us

Oral Interpretation

For the Actor/Performer in Each of Us

Limited Preparation

For the Spontaneous/Risk Taker in Each of Us


For the Feisty and Logical in Each of Us


Coaching Staff

M. "Shae" Hsieh

Director of Forensics

Ben Bates 

Individual Events Coach


Les Belikian

Debate Coach 


To inquire about the team contact M. "Shae" Hsieh at or (323) 953-4000 Ext. 2961


Take a look at our past success!

Fall 2014 Publicity
2010-2011 WINNERS
2010 Publicity
2008 Publicity
2006 Policy Debate Team, 4th place in the Nation