Damon Lawson Paradigm

Last changed 9/23 9:54A PDT

TLDR: Been doing this for quite a while. 7 years total in forensics. 7 years doing Interp/Platforms/Limited Prep. 3 years doing collegiate Debate, specifically all of the areas listed prior as well as Parli Debate and IPDA Debate.

Debate: My views on debate are very straight forward. I believe that debate is both academic and a game. It is first a basis of argumentation and speech, and secondly an avenue for competition. What this means is, I fully understand the ways how debate has evolved over time to become this great source of competition, however I find it necessary to to respect its academic roots, so please try your best to make well educated arguments and analysis in round, rather than running a bunch of asinine arguments because you think you can win on them. With all that being said, lets go into some specifics.

Speed: I am okay with speed most of the time. As a collegiate parliamentary debater, I as well as many of the individuals I compete with go rather fast. With that being said, I do believe that speed has a huge trade off. Sure, you can get out more arguments when you speak fast, however the quality and depth of those arguments can suffer. Furthermore, speaking fast often times has an adverse affect on your speaking ability and clarity. To put it simply, Clarity> Speed, everyday. Next, I am a Hard of Hearing individual, so if you are speaking fast and mumbling, I probably cannot understand you, and will call you to clear. If that happens its probably a key sign to either slow down or enunciate.

T: Yes, do it, love it. *okay hand sign emoji*

Kritik: Kirtiks can be awesome... if done right. Please make sure you understand the arguments you are trying to run. I will be the first person to call you out if you try to read some neolib argument you don't actually understand.

Timing: Please time yourselves.

Partner Communication: Sure, don't puppet your partner, and don't be loud and distracting while your opponent is speaking.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 Parli Final Ashland LD Archbishop Mitty VM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 Parli Quar Claremont PS Troy SP Neg Neg on a 2-1
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 Parli Octo Claremont RiWe Global Prep BM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 Parli R6 University HS, Irvine OH Westridge AB Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 Parli R6 New Roads MG Valencia (OC) CF Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF Final La Salle DH Bishop O'Dowd BG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF Semi La Salle DH Mayfield Senior GS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF Quar Mayfield Senior GS Palos Verdes BP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R6 Fairmont Prep BS Bishop O'Dowd BG Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R5 Palos Verdes HV Bishop O'Dowd BB Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R4 Bishop O'Dowd MC Palos Verdes RP Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R4 Fairmont Prep SJ ILEAD MG Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R3 La Salle DH Fairmont Prep YT Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R3 Palos Verdes DS Bishop O'Dowd CJ Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R2 Bishop O'Dowd SD Palos Verdes CT Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R2 Palos Verdes KS ILEAD RL Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 PF R1 Palos Verdes BP San Marino FJ Neg