Tom Cork Paradigm

Last changed 10/11 7:28P 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 Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
BQCFL Maurice Braithwaite Memorial Tournament 2/2/2019 VLD R3 834 833 Neg
Bronx Science Winter Local 2/10/2018 JVPF R3 Bronx HS Of Science KC Scarsdale ED Aff
Bronx Science Winter Local 2/10/2018 NPF R2 Bronx HS Of Science PL Scarsdale MC Neg
Bronx Science Winter Local 2/10/2018 NPF R2 Bronx HS Of Science WN Hunter HB Neg
Bronx Science Winter Local 2/10/2018 JVPF R1 Bronx HS Of Science DE Bergen County Debate Club GG Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R6 Syosset CM Trinity LW Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R6 Liaoning Experimental ZY Regis PW Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R5 Trinity LS HS Affiliated to Peking GL Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R5 Roeper GS Cypress Woods LM Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R4 Lakeland District Debate TM Acton-Boxborough BL Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R4 Trinity CM Ransom Everglades BL Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R3 Sequoyah FP Acton-Boxborough GW Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R3 Edgemont Jr./Sr. KS Nightingale Bamford RL Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R2 Canadian International School of Beijing RZ Horace Mann GS Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R2 Enreach ZW St George MC Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R1 Summit KR Miami Beach PS Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVPF R1 NSDA China PY Newton South DL Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R6 Marist AV Grapevine BW Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R5 Mountain Brook WS Grapevine PS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R1 Baltimore City ID Fayetteville HS Debate MS Aff
Ridge Debates 12/11/2015 NCX R5 West Orange MK Lexington TZ Aff
Ridge Debates 12/11/2015 VCX Round University CE Bronx HS Of Science YK Neg
Ridge Debates 12/11/2015 VCX R1 Lexington LS Bronx HS Of Science KZ Neg
Electric City Debates 12/3/2015 Open R4 Pace MA Lexington MS Neg
Electric City Debates 12/3/2015 Open R3 Newark Tech FR Thomas Jefferson HS Aff
Electric City Debates 12/3/2015 Nov R1 Baltimore City RR Newark Tech MW Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD Octs Ridge WW Randolph HK Aff Neg on a 2-1
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R5 Newark Science DA Byram Hills JB Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R3 Collegiate DM Bronx Science DR Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R2 Hunter MS Lexington RW Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R1 Harrison AE Lexington MF Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 CX Octos Lexington ML Interlake GJ Neg Neg on a 2-1
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 CX R5 Lexington RZ Brooklyn Technical MS Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 CX R4 La Salle College OS Oakwood Secondary JS Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 CX R3 Lexington ML Brooklyn Technical WR Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 CX Qtr Hunter College CS Lexington JR Neg Aff on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 CX R3 Bronx Science LK Loyola HS of Detroit MT Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 CX R1 Bronx Science ZY Unionville DY Neg