Conor O'Brien Paradigm

Last changed 7 January 2021 3:37 PM EST

PARADIGM: Lincoln/Douglas

"Traditional" parent judge.

GOOD: You pick a few compelling points; thread them together rhetorically; respond in the moment to challenges; and thereby formulate an argument. Your even pacing and signposting demonstrate organization, clarity, and the understanding that your case and rebuttals must be compelling to the judge; not merely to you or your competitor.

BAD: Disregard for history. Remember, LD is named after two giants of American rhetorical practice, who squared off in a series of values-based debates on the most divisive issue of their time. Those debates occurred in the public square, with the intent of compelling voters to adopt a cause. Lincoln did not use K's. Douglas did not use Progressive Theory Arguments. And neither of them spreaded. (Speed-talkers in this event cannot or will not prioritize. Yes, you're operating within a time constraint. Use that not as an excuse to cram in more stuff and talk faster. Rather, use it to winnow out all but the most persuasive points.)

Good luck!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Villiger 42 Saint Josephs University HS 2021-11-19 JVLD Final Ridge VZ East Chapel Hill NC Aff Aff 2-1
Villiger 42 Saint Josephs University HS 2021-11-19 VLD R5 Bridgewater Raritan SG Bronx Science SP Aff
Villiger 42 Saint Josephs University HS 2021-11-19 NLD R3 Southern Lehigh GA George Washington SS Neg
Villiger 42 Saint Josephs University HS 2021-11-19 VLD R1 Collegiate SF Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter VG Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2021-10-01 JVLD Quarte Vestavia Hills EP Westlake JM Neg Neg 3-0
Duke Invitational HS 2021-10-01 VLD R6 Charlotte Latin EL Kenston EJ Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2021-10-01 JVLD R5 Charlotte Latin AJ Desert Vista AB Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2021-10-01 VLD R4 Lake Highland Prep SV Charlotte Latin AP Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2021-10-01 VLD R3 Lexington AW Laurel KE Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 LD V R6 Cary CP Colonial Forge SR Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 LD V R5 Cabot AC Pennsbury GB Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 LD RS R3 Cabot JO Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter VG Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2021-09-11 LD V R2 Durham JH Hawken RS Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 XDB R13 9103 9138 Neg Neg 4-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R6 655 745 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R6 506 751 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R5 545 634 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R5 746 791 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R4 731 582 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R4 637 631 Neg
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 5 Spanish River MS Xaverian AY Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 4 Maggie L. Walker Governor's AT Syosset IS Neg Neg 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 3 Centennial HS - Ellicott City ND Carrollwood Day CC Neg Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 2 Lawrence TL Chaminade NB Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 1 Wheeling Park CI Chesterton GB Aff Aff 3-0
Reagan Great Communicator Debate Mid Atlantic Qualifier HS 2021-03-27 RGCD R4 Juan Deverines-Perez Garcia Saanvi Sadana Aff
Reagan Great Communicator Debate Mid Atlantic Qualifier HS 2021-03-27 RGCD R3 Quentin Neaderland Alienor Campbell-Jourdan Aff
Reagan Great Communicator Debate Mid Atlantic Qualifier HS 2021-03-27 RGCD R1 Dhruv Balivada Noah Stier Neg
WACFL LD Policy Metrofinals HS 2021-03-05 ALD Arl-6 Broad Run CW Rock Ridge KM Aff
WACFL LD Policy Metrofinals HS 2021-03-05 ALD Arl-5 Broad Run RM Washington-Liberty BY Aff Aff 2-0
WACFL LD Policy Metrofinals HS 2021-03-05 JVLD JV-3 Langley SM Rock Ridge HP Aff
WACFL LD Policy Metrofinals HS 2021-03-05 JVLD JV-2 Rock Ridge AD Oakcrest LS Aff
WACFL LD Policy Metrofinals HS 2021-03-05 ALD Arl-1 Broad Run AK Washington-Liberty ED Neg
Chesapeake District Tournament HS 2021-02-17 LD R5 AF 103 Neg
Chesapeake District Tournament HS 2021-02-17 LD R4 AA 100 AF 103 Neg
Chesapeake District Tournament HS 2021-02-17 LD R2 AJ 100 AZ 102 Neg
Chesapeake District Tournament HS 2021-02-17 LD R1 AZ 101 AF 101 Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2021-01-29 LD R4 Albuquerque NP Southlake Carroll SD Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2021-01-29 LD R3 American Heritage Boca/Delray DM Unionville MP Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2021-01-29 LD R2 Lassiter TR American Heritage Boca/Delray NS Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2021-01-29 LD R1 Lincoln East PS Calhoun WT Aff
Villiger 41 HS 2020-11-19 VLD Quarte Bronx Science SA Pennsbury EH Aff Aff 2-1
Villiger 41 HS 2020-11-19 NLD R5 Wilmington Charter CD Unionville RJ Aff
Villiger 41 HS 2020-11-19 JVLD R3 Unionville CX Academy at Palumbo AF Neg
Villiger 41 HS 2020-11-19 VLD R2 Haverford JC Walt Whitman HW Neg
Villiger 41 HS 2020-11-19 VLD R1 Collegiate PJ Unionville RK Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 JVLD R6 Chaminade ZS St Croix Prep AS Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R5 Apex Friendship FB Helix Charter GS Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R4 Asheville GJ Claudia Taylor Johnson AP Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R3 Cary Acad EW Bentonville West AD Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R2 Research Triangle SS Durham GH Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R1 Byram Hills ES Cary HS JM Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 LD RS Quarte Acton-Boxborough BH Charlotte Latin EL Neg Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 LD V R4 Evanston Twp GK University MF Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 LD RS R2 Kugnus ACTS JZ Acton-Boxborough SP Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 LD V R1 Loyola Blakefield TM Catonsville NF Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 BQ Semi Q154 Q151 Neg Neg 5-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 BQ Octo Q146 Q152 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 BQ R5 Q144 Q153 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 BQ R5 Q139 Q138 Aff
WACFL LD and Policy Metrofinals HS 2020-03-06 ALD Arl-5 Oakton HS Chantilly JC Neg Neg 2-0
WACFL LD and Policy Metrofinals HS 2020-03-06 ALD Arl-5 Broad Run AK Washington-Liberty CC Aff
WACFL LD and Policy Metrofinals HS 2020-03-06 JVLD JV-4 Washington-Liberty ED Oakton DG Aff
WACFL LD and Policy Metrofinals HS 2020-03-06 ALD Arl-2 Washington-Liberty CS Rock Ridge NK Aff
WACFL LD and Policy Metrofinals HS 2020-03-06 ALD Arl-2 Lake Braddock Secondary JT Fairfax CS Aff Aff 2-0
WACFL LD and Policy Metrofinals HS 2020-03-06 ALD Arl-1 Oakton RW Chantilly AL Aff Aff 2-0
WACFL LD and Policy Metrofinals HS 2020-03-06 ALD Arl-1 Thomas Jefferson HSST RG Oakton GT Neg Neg 2-0
Georgetown Public Forum Tournament HS 2018-10-06 JPF Semifi Potomac School JR Montgomery Blair CH Pro Pro 3-0
Georgetown Public Forum Tournament HS 2018-10-06 JPF Quarte Montgomery Blair CH Packer Collegiate Institute PH Con Pro 2-1
Georgetown Public Forum Tournament HS 2018-10-06 NPF Partia Ivy Bridge KM Thomas S. Wootton WW Con Pro 2-1
Georgetown Public Forum Tournament HS 2018-10-06 MSPF R6 Bergen County Debate Club ZS Ivy Bridge BM Pro
Georgetown Public Forum Tournament HS 2018-10-06 MSPF R6 Ivy Bridge YY Bergen County Debate Club NK Con