Iain Lampert Paradigm

Last changed 9/3 11:48P PDT

I realized my old paradigm had a bunch of outdated stuff. This is an update.

Everybody in the round should be able to watch back a recording of the round and be able to understand what was going on. In other words, don't intentionally run arguments that your opponents won't understand. Debate as a whole may be never able to reconcile issues of access and elitism, but you as an individual debater can try not to actively perpetuate it.

I've watched just about every national debate final round in the NSDA's vault and a fair number of TOC outrounds in CX, LD, and PF. I understand PF pretty well.

If you're going to spread anything, I need to be on the email chain. I will assume that the sounds coming from your mouth symbolize the words in that document.

If you're talking fast but not spread-level, slow down for the stuff you really want me to flow. Emphasize it. Sometimes you're reading some card details and all that matters is a sentence or so. If you're leaving out some details, it's up to your opponent to make it clear and show why it matters.

If given the choice between something fast and something slow, I like something slow, but only if it's structured and still follows the basic tenets of debate (references to framework, uniqueness-link-impact, etc.). Some folks have confused 'slow' for 'speak pretty instead of having warrants.'

Make things really obvious. I don't know the material as well as you. You're really likely to lose my ballot when you thought you were winning if you assume that I know as much about the source material as you.

Be careful of powertagging. I called for a couple of crucial cards every round at TOC. Just about every card I called for was powertagged. When I didn't give that misrepresented evidence the weight the debaters hoped for, it often was determinative of my final decision.

When it comes to case debate, I'm biased towards voting for marginal net benefits and against high-magnitude, low-probability arguments. If explaining the link story to my non-debate colleagues would likely raise some eyebrows--if it doesn't pass the 'smell test'--you might not want to run it in front of me. That doesn't mean kick ALL nuke war impacts...just make a rock-solid link story so I'm at least convinced of its MODERATE probability.

I'm somewhat familiar with Kritiks that deal with antiblackness, feminism, capitalism, queer theory, biopower, and securitization. If a Kritik doesn't persuade me of its solvency, I have a very hard time voting for it.

I'm not a completely blank-slate judge. If something is glaringly incorrect, it's not like I'll ignore the argument entirely, but I'll probably do some subconscious work to diminish its weight in the round. I am more likely to intervene in a theory-level debate than a case-level debate. I wouldn't call myself tech over truth. At the same time, I don't know if a capital-T 'truth' is out there and I don't expect that my internal understanding of what's 'true' is the same as yours, so I can't confidently say I'm 'truth over tech.' Both matter.

Tell me where I should be flowing at all times. If you don't tell me, I mess up. I like subpoints but I've found that a lot of mid-level debaters will start out referencing subpoints and then just start...like, saying words...in the back half of the round.

Don't tell me to cross-reference different points without doing your own work and telling me how the arguments interact.

Defense is normally sticky. Offense normally needs to be extended. I am unlikely to vote on an argument if it wasn't in the last set of speeches in the round, but never say never. If things are confusing enough, who knows what I'll do? I'm a loose cannon with an axe to grind and nothing to lose.

I believe in the "affirmative burden of proof" in LD and Parli. The AFF gets the privilege of having the last word, so they had better prove the resolution true by the end of the round. If debaters argue to a draw, then I tend to "default NEG." This is not true in PF.

For a while, my speaker points were just based on rhetorical presence and fluency. Now, I find it difficult to disregard your strategic choices when calculating speaker points. I think that I'm still more sensitive to rudeness and disproportionate indignation than some other judges on the circuit.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG Semifi Blake GJ Lake Mary Prep HM Neg Aff on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG Quarte Stuyvesant SL Lake Mary Prep HM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG Runoff Dalton FC Strake Jesuit DS Neg Neg on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R5 Theodore Roosevelt AC Cranbrook ZR Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R5 St Mary's Hall PH Fairmont Prep BA Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R4 Millard North SN Blake GJ Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R3 Millburn ZA Hackley BW Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R2 DuPont Manual CR Hawken GE Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 PFG R1 Fairmont Prep GB Chagrin Falls HM Aff
Bruschke Invitational CSUF 3/16/2019 O Par R5 Cypress EJ West Ranch AF Neg
Bruschke Invitational CSUF 3/16/2019 O Par R2 West Ranch LS Cypress KP Aff
Bruschke Invitational CSUF 3/16/2019 O Par R1 Riverside STEM DU Cypress SB Neg
Cal Lutheran University 2/16/2019 O PAR Semi Peninsula JW Claremont AG Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Lutheran University 2/16/2019 N LD R6 Magnet CC LaCanada AS Aff
Cal Lutheran University 2/16/2019 N LD R6 Academy of Higher Learning NY Oak Park DL Aff
Cal Lutheran University 2/16/2019 O LD R4 West Ranch JS Oak Park CB Aff
Cal Lutheran University 2/16/2019 O LD R4 West HS - Torrance SS Oak Park CN Neg
Cal Lutheran University 2/16/2019 N LD R3 Woodbridge Independent DG Granada Hills Charter GG Aff
Cal Lutheran University 2/16/2019 N LD R3 Granada Hills Charter RL Oak Park CB Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O PF Quar La Salle CS Fairmont Prep OR Neg Neg on a 3-0
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitatonal 12/14/2018 PAR Final Claremont AT Los Altos LeSt Neg Neg on a 3-0
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitatonal 12/14/2018 LD Semi Leland AL Mountain View AS Aff Aff on a 2-1
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitatonal 12/14/2018 PAR Doub Irvington DS Menlo-Atherton DC Aff Aff on a 2-1
Claremont Bargain Belt Invitational 10/13/2018 O LD R1 Redlands SC Magnet KK Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 Parli Quar University HS, Irvine SW Misson Vista MP Aff Neg on a 2-1
La Reina December Debate Scrimmage 12/2/2017 OPD R3 GPA BM NewRoa EM Neg
La Reina December Debate Scrimmage 12/2/2017 OPD R2 LosAng OS NewRoa NN Aff
La Reina December Debate Scrimmage 12/2/2017 OPD R1 Arcadi CX GPA BE Aff
Parli TOC 4/2/2016 Parli R6 Ashland HS Speech and Debate MM Lynbrook TR Aff Aff on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/2/2016 Parli R5 Evergreen SZ Cupertino SS Neg Neg on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/2/2016 Parli R4 Bishop O'Dowd CH Evergreen AC Neg Neg on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/2/2016 Parli R3 Sonoma VK Bishop O'Dowd PV Aff Aff on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/2/2016 Parli R2 Campolindo LG Evergreen MS Neg Neg on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/2/2016 Parli R1 Oak Hill ES ABM HK Neg Neg on a 2-0
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O Par Semi Northwood LR East AC Neg Neg on a 3-0
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O LD Quar Carlsbad AZ North Hollywood AL Aff Neg on a 2-1
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 N LD Quar Oxford DY Elite of Irvine MJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 N LD Quar Bonita Vista RR Elite of Irvine CLe Neg Neg on a 2-1
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O CX R5 Damien AH Beckman CC Neg
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O PF R4 Los Osos CI Bonita Vista RP Aff
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O Par R4 East MS Oxford HU Neg
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O Par R3 Northwood LR Redlands PR Aff
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O PF R3 San Marino ML North Hollywood KT Neg
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O PF R2 Carlsbad KV Gabrielino MP Aff
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O Par R2 San Marino KX Vista Murrieta AS Aff
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O PF R1 I Poly OC Carlsbad CT Neg
Claremont Wolfpack Invitational 1/9/2016 O Par R1 Los Osos PG East LS Aff
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/4/2015 Parli Semi San Dieguito BB Rancho Bernardo CF Aff Aff on a 2-1
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/4/2015 Parli Quar Mission Vista MM Carlsbad KU Neg Neg on a 2-1
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/4/2015 LD Double Immaculate Heart CH Canyon Crest CC Neg Neg on a 2-1
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/4/2015 Parli R1 Servite CS Carlsbad PT Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/16/2015 OParl R4 Carlsbad VB Foothill Technology Goldstein & Moore Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/16/2015 OParl R4 Torrey Pines HS Speech and Debate RB Citrus Valley NS Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/16/2015 OParl R3 Windsor Davis & Escarcega Peninsula HL Aff