Alec Lenamond Paradigm

Last changed 12/1 10:02P UTC

My name is Alec Lenamond. I am a 5th year Applied Mathematics major at the University of California, San Diego. I graduated from Citrus Valley High School in 2014 and have years of experience in Lincoln Douglas Debate, both on a local and national level.

tl;dr: (1) Speed okay (provided inclusion in an email chain), (2) advise against Theory and K's, (3) default probability over magnitude, and (4) pls debate the topic instead of just reading weak link chains.

Speed: I'll start by saying I have not judged much over the last few years so don't complain if I miss important information if you are spreading. I'm not opposed to speed, but I think there can still be great substantive debate at a normal conversational pace. If you do wish to spread, I would appreciate being included in an email chain or have the case(s) flashed to me.

Paradigm: I always evaluate framework first, but you need not win the framework debate to get my ballot. I resolve framework and then see which contentions/arguments win under that framework, so it is entirely possible to win under your opponent’s standard. In most cases, losing the framework debate will likely put you at somewhat of a disadvantage on the ballot, but I think there's great strategic potential in dropping framework to go all in on contentions (especially if you're negating).

As far as voting issues are concerned, winning the framework debate is not a voting issue. It is absolutely necessary to address framework in the last speech, but only as a means to tell me how to evaluate your voting issues. In other words, do not expect my ballot just because you won the framework debate.

Preferences: I generally prefer consequentialism because substantial arguments are quantifiable, making it easier to compare and debate the impact of the resolution. I am not opposed to means-based frameworks, but I feel they substantially limit the scope of the debate and, more often than not, confuse the shit out of me because debaters can't properly articulate what it means.

Absent any discussion on probability vs magnitude, I will default to the most probable impact. However, I highly encourage debaters to engage in a probability vs magnitude debate if relevant to the debate.

As a side note, I was never well-trained in Theory, Topicality, or RVIs so I will never make a decision on that. Still call out abuse if it's apparent but don't use theory as a strategy to win the debate.

Though I have some experience with K debates, I would rather debaters avoid this strategy as a whole and actually debate the substance of the resolution. If you run a K, please do not spread since I am not well-versed in literature. I also have a high threshold for voting for the K. Be extremely articulate when it comes to (1) the link to the AC, (2) the impact from voting for the AC, and (3) why the K comes before the standard offered by the AC. Most times, when I vote against a K it's because (3) is unclear or underdeveloped.

Prep Time: I generally prefer to give both debaters as much time as necessary to prepare for speeches, so long as both debaters have an equal claim to preparation. If taking an extra minute of prep results in a better quality debate, by all means take your time. However, I will not allow you to utilize unused prep time as additional speaking time. Flex prep is okay.

Evidence: I reserve the right to call for evidence after the round. I will only call for evidence if (a) it is significant in decision-making for the round or (b) if there is a dispute over what the evidence says. I will not call for evidence if I believe it to be falsified or misrepresentative of the author’s true intentions, as that is the debaters’ jobs to identify in the debate.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have on any other issue before/after the debate!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/1/2018 CX R6 Stockdale RS Advanced Technologies Acad BS Aff
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/1/2018 CX R5 Rancho Bernando RW Peninsula DS Neg
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/1/2018 CX R2 Peninsula CR Classical TT Neg
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic 12/1/2018 CX R1 Canyon Crest NW Stockdale IB Neg
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 N LD Final Harvard-Westlake CC Marlborough JH Aff Aff on a 3-0
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 N LD Semi Harvard-Westlake CC Marlborough JS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 N LD Quar Nova 42 TV Marlborough LK Neg Neg on a 2-1
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 N LD Octo Harvard-Westlake HH Meadows SL Aff
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 O LD Final Honor RJ Nova 42 AY Aff Aff on a 2-1
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 N LD R5 Marlborough JS Magnet NB Aff
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 N LD R5 Harvard-Westlake CC Honor CL Aff
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 O LD R2 Honor RJ La Reina KB Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 TOCLD Final Harvard-Westlake MP Loyola AO Neg Aff on a 2-1
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 CA LD Final St Francis AF Brentwood EB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 TOCLD Doub Presentation MS Harvard-Westlake JG Neg Neg on a 2-1
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 TOCLD Doub Stanford OHS Independent AT Loyola LH Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 TOCLD R6 Archbishop Mitty TK Harvard-Westlake BW Neg
USC Damus Spring Trojan Championships 3/2/2018 NJVLD R6 Woodbridge Independent SS Marlborough IW Aff
USC Damus Spring Trojan Championships 3/2/2018 NJVLD R6 Marlborough EN Harvard-Westlake JC Aff
USC Damus Spring Trojan Championships 3/2/2018 NJVLD R5 Harvard-Westlake ZN Woodbridge Independent AS Neg
USC Damus Spring Trojan Championships 3/2/2018 NJVLD R4 Harvard-Westlake TD Meadows NS Neg
USC Damus Spring Trojan Championships 3/2/2018 NJVLD R4 Meadows AT Kudos ML Neg
USC Damus Spring Trojan Championships 3/2/2018 NJVLD R3 Meadows DH Harvard-Westlake HS Aff
USC Damus Spring Trojan Championships 3/2/2018 NJVLD R3 Harvard-Westlake IJ Woodbridge Independent OD Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 VLD 3x Los Alamos SM Park City HS DR Neg Neg on a 2-1
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 VLD 3x Saratoga SN Coral Academy Of Science Las Vegas SB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 VLD R6 Mountain View AZ Mission San Jose MS Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 VLD R6 Hamilton JS McClintock AK Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 NLD R3 Meadows NS BASIS Scottsdale AW Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 NLD R3 Red Mountain MP Advanced Technologies Acad IC Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 VLD R2 Sky View TS Presentation SP Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 VLD R1 Tucson SZ Mira Loma Matadors SM Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational 1/5/2018 VLD R1 Layton MMb La Reina AM Neg
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 N LD Semi Marlborough OF Harvard-Westlake NR Neg Neg on a 3-0
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 N LD Quar Loyola JS Marlborough OF Neg Neg on a 2-1
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 N LD Quar Marlborough EY La Reina TH Neg Neg on a 2-1
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 O LD Quar Marlborough ST Kudos AZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 N LD R5 Kudos CF Marlborough OF Aff
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 N LD R5 Harvard-Westlake HSh Loyola JS Aff
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 O LD R3 Flintridge Sacred Heart RL Gabrielino JR Aff
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 O LD R2 Los Osos Independent RN La Reina OA Aff
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 O LD R2 Flintridge Sacred Heart DG St Paul JL Neg
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School 11/11/2017 O LD R1 Gabrielino LS La Reina AC Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 N PF R2 Northwood GB Los Osos DA Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O PF R1 Fairmont Prep IR Riverside STEM KG Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O PF R1 Carmel Valley Independent LS Harker SG Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD Final Torrey Pines FK San Marino ED Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD Quart Canyon Crest KL Brentwood JD Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD Octo Loyola AO San Marino BK Aff Aff on a 2-1
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD Dub Torrey Pines FK Loyola JC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD Dub Northwood VA Canyon Crest RA Aff Aff on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R6 AofHL EE Harvard-Westlake AG Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R4 Loyola JN Waverly DK Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R4 Harvard-Westlake AGo Loyola CL Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R2 La Salle AT Harvard-Westlake WB Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R2 Archbishop Mitty RG Loyola AO Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R1 Beckman RC Brentwood KM Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R1 Loyola DB Northwood EC Neg
Southern California NSDA District 3/20/2015 PF R7 Gibbs & Singh Hund & Li Neg Neg on a 3-0
Southern California NSDA District 3/20/2015 PF R4 Lee & Kundu Barbee & Dorantes Neg
Southern California NSDA District 3/20/2015 PF R3 Oh & Grover Mashayekhi & Ramesh Neg