Tom Cork Paradigm

Last changed 15 November 2020 3:01 PM EDT

Overall Paradigm:

Tabula Rasa judge:

  • If the presented Plan is in a Stock Issues format, then I will vote as a stock-issues judge once Kritiks and Topicality are won.
  • If a Comparative Advantage Plan is run, then I will shift to a policymaker framework and weigh Advantages against DAs (see the note on DAs below), once Kritiks and Topicality are won.
  • If a Kritikal Aff is run, then all bets are off. Run framework and tell me why I should be voting for you.

Kritiks are a priori to Topicality, which in turn is a priori to the Plan.

Speed:

I enjoy spreading, but I dislike fast mumbling. If you’re not a proficient spreader, slow down. Reducing speed for tags, cites, and underviews helps your case immensely.

Theory:

Theory won’t win a debate on its own. Claiming in-round abuse or that your argument is better for education requires justification and strong links.

Kritiks:

I love Kritiks, but they must be strongly linked to the Plan. Otherwise, Kritiks are non-unique DAs.

Tell me the story of the Kritik. I want to hear persuasion and thought behind these arguments. A well-done K will make my weekend.

DAs:

It can be tough to weigh DAs against a Stock Issues case. If a Stock Issues case is given by AFF, I would appreciate NEG providing only DAs that diminish/turn the stock issues of the Plan.

Please, no politics DAs unless you can prove that the loss of political capital extends past enactment of the plan. I am a strong believer in Fiat.

Things that make my heart go pitter-pat:

  • Confident, assured underviews
  • Focusing on the claims above the evidence
  • Teams that stay on the offense and show clear strategy
  • TOPICALITY (as long as it is a well-structured T debate that is strongly linked to the Plan)

Things that make me cringe in my seat:

  • Evidence battles
  • Any kind of murky ethics (mis-claiming dropped contentions, falsely stating rules, overusing flash time for prep, etc.)
  • Having to vote on a weakly supported, but crucial, argument that wasn't answered.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
New Mexico State Speech and Debate Championships HS 2021-02-24 CX R4 A 102 L 107 Aff
New Mexico State Speech and Debate Championships HS 2021-02-24 CX R3 C 112 X 110 Aff
2021 NYCUDL HS AND MS 5 HS 2021-02-06 OCX R3 Leon Goldstein Agafonov & Zverinskiy Long Branch Vicente & Ramirez AFF
2021 NYCUDL HS AND MS 5 HS 2021-02-06 OCX R1 Leon Goldstein Li & Kaufman Long Branch Vicente & Ramirez AFF
2021 NYCUDL HS AND MS 4 HS 2021-01-16 JVPol R3 Leon Goldstein Li & Kaufman Brooklyn Technical Siraj & Levey AFF
2021 NYCUDL HS AND MS 4 HS 2021-01-16 OPOL R2 Long Branch Vicente & Ramirez Leon Goldstein Celik & Svidler NEG
2021 NYCUDL HS AND MS 4 HS 2021-01-16 OPOL R1 Leon Goldstein Ben Abdallah & Mak Long Branch Vicente & Ramirez NEG
NYCUDL High School Tournament 2 Sponsored by Kobre Kim HS 2020-11-21 OCX R2 Asbury Park Garcia & Lavarin Leon Goldstein Celik & Svidler NEG
NYCUDL High School Tournament 2 Sponsored by Kobre Kim HS 2020-11-21 JVCX R1 Long Branch Vicente & Ramirez Queens HS for the Sciences at York Persaud & Saha NEG
BQCFL Maurice Braithwaite Memorial Tournament HS 2019-02-02 VLD R3 834 833 Neg
Bronx Science Winter Local HS 2018-02-10 JVPF R3 Bronx HS Of Science KC Scarsdale ED Pro
Bronx Science Winter Local HS 2018-02-10 NPF R2 Bronx HS Of Science WN Hunter HB Con
Bronx Science Winter Local HS 2018-02-10 NPF R2 Bronx HS Of Science PL Scarsdale MC Con
Bronx Science Winter Local HS 2018-02-10 JVPF R1 Bronx HS Of Science DE Bergen County Debate Club GG Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R6 Syosset CM Trinity LW Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R6 Liaoning Experimental ZY Regis PW Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R5 Roeper GS Cypress Woods LM Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R5 Trinity LS HS Affiliated to Peking GL Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R4 Trinity CM Ransom Everglades BL Pro
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R4 Lakeland District Debate TM Acton-Boxborough BL Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R3 Edgemont Jr./Sr. KS Nightingale Bamford RL Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R3 Sequoyah FP Acton-Boxborough GW Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R2 Canadian International School of Beijing RZ Horace Mann GS Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R2 Enreach ZW St George MC Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R1 NSDA China PY Newton South DL Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R1 Summit KR Miami Beach PS Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R6 Marist AV Grapevine BW Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R5 Mountain Brook WS Grapevine PS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R1 Baltimore City ID Fayetteville HS Debate MS Aff
Electric City Debates MS 2015-12-03 Open R4 Pace MA Lexington MS Neg
Electric City Debates HS 2015-12-03 Open R3 Newark Tech FR Thomas Jefferson HS Aff
Electric City Debates HS 2015-12-03 Nov R1 Baltimore City RR Newark Tech MW Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD Octs Ridge WW Randolph HK Aff Neg 2-1
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD R5 Newark Science DA Byram Hills JB Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD R3 Collegiate DM Bronx Science DR Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD R2 Hunter MS Lexington RW Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 VLD R1 Harrison AE Lexington MF Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 CX Qtr Hunter College CS Lexington JR Neg Aff 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 CX R3 Bronx Science LK Loyola HS of Detroit MT Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 CX R1 Bronx Science ZY Unionville DY Neg