Jacob Thomas Paradigm

Last changed 2/11 3:03P EDT

I judge a fair number of circuit tournaments but I'm not up on the latest literature (k or otherwise) and I'm certainly not the judge you want if you depend on hyper-technical debate.

With that being said, I'm fairly good with speed, but add me to the email chain.

I try to be tab - I'll analyze what you read to the best of my ability.

Here are some things you ought to know:

I tend not to vote off spikes or any type of paragraph theory.

I have no idea what "comes first" in a round. Make sure you offer weighing. Otherwise, it could be a coin flip.

While I will read all cards, I won't interpret them. It is up to you to tell me why your opponent misuses or super-charges a card.

I don't mind T/Theory, especially when warranted, but I'm not a huge fan of theory for offense. I will try to stay tab on it, but you should be aware of my predisposition. I tend to buy fairness arguments more than education arguments, which I find to be a wash.

I'm not a huge fan of mind-shift change alts, mostly because I tend not to understand them. You can run it, and I will engage with it, but I'm not that smart.

Since I'm not that smart, offer clear voters and weighing.

I don't care if you stand, sit, or do handstands. Actually, I might give you higher speaks if you can deliver a speech from the handstand position.

I really don't like people taking a long time getting a file together to email it. I'm reasonable about it, but you ought to be reasonable as well.

I will dock your speaks if you're a jerk. This has a low threshold - go out of your way to be nice.

I don't like people who shout over their opponents in CX. You should try to control the cross, but don't depend on volume to do it.

I don't have a set view on disclosure. I will evaluate the arguments you make, for and against.

I don't know if I have anything that I default to - take that for what it's worth.

my email: thomasj@newtown.k12.ct.us

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Strake Jesuit BB James Bowie TW Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Roslyn WB Syosset RD Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Montville AP Timothy Christian ZL Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R4 Tulsa Washington SR Westlake SM Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R3 Bergen County Academies EL Henry W Grady EH Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R3 Timothy Christian PT Strake Jesuit College Prep VL Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R2 McDowell AN Chantilly Independent TM Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R1 Thomas Jefferson HSST MR William G. Enloe KH Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R1 Plano East Senior AK Acton-Boxborough ML Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD Octos Byram Hills LG Thomas Jefferson HSST RK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD Dubs Syosset JL Bronx HS Of Science AW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R6 Hunter MN Roslyn BL Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R6 Roslyn AG Timothy Christian JM Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R4 Syosset JL Scarsdale AS Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R4 Byram Hills LG Oakton WG Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R2 Scarsdale SH Stuyvesant AY Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R2 Bergen County Academies EL Oakton SS Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R1 Scarsdale FH Thomas Jefferson HSST RK Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD Octs Byram Hills LP Lexington EL Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD Dubs Ft Lauderdale EP Scarsdale SH Neg Aff on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD Run-of Medina Senior HK Ridge AL Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD Run-of Scarsdale SB Ft Lauderdale EP Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R6 Hunter DS Acton-Boxborough ML Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R6 McDowell KP Scarsdale FH Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R5 Catonsville AT Lexington RE Aff
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R4 Millburn AW Harrison EL Aff
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R4 Acton-Boxborough CX Bronx HS Of Science JB Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R3 Roslyn WBo Lexington AR Aff
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R2 Princeton VC Chaminade SL Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R2 CR North JL Stuyvesant GP Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R1 CR North VA Acton-Boxborough MP Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R1 West Orange AA Hunter NG Neg
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD Octos Ridge AL Roslyn AG Neg Neg on a 2-1
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD R6 Colleg CW Byram LP Neg
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD R5 Millbu JL Lex RE Aff
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD R4 Byram TD Edgemo LC Neg
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD R2 Hunter MD Lex YZ Neg
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD R1 Stuyve CL Niskay DZ Aff
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 VLD Trips Harrison RA Cambridge Rindge and Latin MB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 VLD R6 Pine Crest JJ Harrison RA Aff
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 VLD R5 Princeton VC Lexington CL Neg
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 VLD R4 Durham JP Montgomery Blair CZ Aff
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 VLD R3 West Des Moines Valley LG Syosset JL Aff
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 VLD R2 Lexington DY Ridge MC Neg
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R5 Chaminade JM Walt Whitman DB Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R4 Southeast HS Unaffiliated MI Thomas Jefferson HSST YC Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD Octos Edgemont RG Stuyvesant KL Neg Neg on a 2-1
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD Dubs Cypress Woods AZ Harrison EV Neg Neg on a 2-1
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R4 West Windsor Plainsboro HS North AK Bronx HS Of Science CW Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R3 Timothy Christian JK Cypress Woods AK Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R2 North Allegheny Sr AD Vestavia Hills SW Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R1 Bronx HS Of Science HW Byram Hills AS Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 NLD Double West Orange OK McDowell AN Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 NLD Double Unionville KL Phillipsburg TM Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 NLD R5 Syosset SM Byram Hills TD Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 NLD R5 Phillipsburg TM Acton-Boxborough AV Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 NLD R4 Manchester Essex WK Medina Senior DR Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 NLD R4 Harrison JR Chaminade JV Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 NLD R2 Byram Hills AS Harrison AK Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 NLD R2 Timothy Christian ZLi Roslyn AG Neg
The 14th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2017 VPF Dub Stuyvesant SP Dalton IC Aff Aff on a 3-0
The 14th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2017 VPF R5 Summit BL Regis DH* Aff
The 14th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2017 VPF R4 Riverdale Country KS Byram Hills BY Aff
The 14th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2017 VPF R3 Stuyvesant SP Hunter XZ Aff
The 14th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2017 VPF R2 Princeton SG Stuyvesant SS* Aff
The 14th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2017 VPF R1 Regis MS* Dalton FF Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 LD R7 Lexington EL Montgomery Blair PZ Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 LD R6 Newark Science TOg Nova FM Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 LD R5 Lexington CC Montville AS Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 LD Split Success Academy Manhattan AB Albany Academies AD Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/13/2017 LD Late 2 Success Academy Manhattan LL Scarsdale WM Aff
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 VLD Triple Unionville RS Stuyvesant KL Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 VLD R1 Montville AS Hawken VP Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD Double Woodlands College Park JZ George Ranch AS Neg Neg on a 2-1
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R6 Marcus NS Fenwick IC Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R4 Southlake Carroll GI Chaminade AF Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R3 Klein NG Waller MS Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R3 Acton-Boxborough CT Chaminade JM Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R2 Byram Hills AC Princeton Unaffiliated DS Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R2 Chaminade DH Immaculata La Salle JM Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R1 Roslyn AB Tompkins AG Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VLD R1 Roslyn AG Southlake Carroll JC Aff
Columbia Invitational 1/20/2017 VLD Quarte Stuyvesant KL Edgemont ML Neg Aff on a 2-1
Columbia Invitational 1/20/2017 VLD Octos Stuyvesant CL Edgemont ML Neg Neg on a 2-1
Columbia Invitational 1/20/2017 VLD Dubs Scarsdale WM Manchester Essex Regional MI Neg Neg on a 3-0
Columbia Invitational 1/20/2017 VLD R5 Scarsdale ES Edgemont YL Neg
Columbia Invitational 1/20/2017 VLD R5 Timothy Christian JM Byram Hills MZ Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD Octs Needham ZL Lake Highland Prep PA Aff Aff on a 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD Double Needham OB Poly Prep Country Day KF Neg Neg on a 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD R4 Byram Hills AZ Manchester Essex Regional PS Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD R4 Needham MK Bronx HS Of Science AW Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD R3 Needham GS Chaminade CW Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD R3 Strath Haven AF Stuyvesant KL Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD R2 Edgemont JJ Chaminade CB Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD R2 Lake Highland Prep MS Acton Boxborough BH Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD R1 Cambridge Rindge and Latin ZD Lake Highland Prep JD Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/14/2017 NLD R1 Phillips Academy Andover VF Harrison SW Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/2/2016 VLD Run-of Bridgewater Raritan JB Scarsdale ZG Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/2/2016 VLD R5 Princeton KS Calvary Christian ST Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/2/2016 VLD R3 Niskayuna GG Scarsdale WM Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/2/2016 VLD R3 Hill DY Success Academy LL Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/2/2016 VLD R1 Niskayuna BZ Roslyn AG Neg
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VLD Runoff Harrison SO Lexington NBa Neg Neg on a 3-0
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VLD R6 Cambridge Rindge and Latin MB Byram Hills AC Aff
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VLD R4 Stuyvesant CL Niskayuna MZ Aff
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VLD R3 Newark Science OF Stuyvesant KL Neg
The 13th Scarsdale Invitational 11/11/2016 VLD R1 Newark Science BA Edgemont NS Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 LD R7 Scarsdale ZE Success Academy SC Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 LD R6 George Washington CO CB North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics BH Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 LD R5 West Des Moines Valley TG Syosset AM Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 LD R1 Hunter ML Lake Mary ND Aff
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 VLD Rd 6 Unionville RS Syosset CMo Neg
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 VLD Rd 3 Princeton DC Pennsbury CZ Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVLD R6 Tomball SJ Vestavia Hills JC Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVLD R6 Timothy Christian JK Roslyn CL Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVLD R5 Scarsdale MK Stuyvesant SV Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVLD R5 Regis AW Park Tudor RT Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVLD R4 Calvary Christian KJ Vestavia Hills SZ Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JVLD R4 Kugnus ACTS EL Calvary Christian ST Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/16/2016 VLD Double Bronx HS Of Science OK Byram Hills SC Neg Neg on a 3-0
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/16/2016 VLD R6 Walt Whitman CC Lake Highland Prep MC Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/16/2016 VLD R5 Manchester Essex MI Newark Science SM Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/16/2016 VLD R5 Collegiate JP Byram Hills CS Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/16/2016 VLD R4 NSU University JR Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD Dubs Upper Arlington HW Bridgewater Raritan RK Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD Trips Scarsdale LS Randolph HK Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD Trips Princeton JK Harrison EB Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R5 Unionville SY Delbarton BL Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R4 Ridge AS Byram Hills PE Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R4 Southern Lehigh MH Syosset CM Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R2 Syosset JW Chaminade MI Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R2 Catonsville NK North Allegheny Sr GR Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R1 Medina KS Scarsdale LS Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD Runoff Byram Hills SC Delbarton VK Neg Neg on a 3-0
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R6 Lexington NG Timothy Christian CJ Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R5 Timothy Christian JR Lexington LW Neg
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R4 Syosset AM Collegiate DM Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R3 Stuyvesant SL Collegiate JP Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational 11/13/2015 VLD R1 Newark Science AK Byram Hills PE Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD R3 Delbarton VK Harrison MZi Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD R3 University KC Hunter College ML Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD R1 Princeton NE Cypress Bay SD Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD Double Harrison EB Hawken NK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 JVLD Double Scarsdale NI University ZL Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 JVLD Double Needham CJ Lake Highland Prep JW Neg Neg on a 2-1
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD R4 North Allegheny Senior ER Falmouth WL Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 VLD R2 Newark Science DA Heights WD Aff
Columbia Invitational 1/23/2015 PF R3 Manchester Essex SS Newton North DS Neg
Columbia Invitational 1/23/2015 PF R3 Bronx Science RV Regis KB Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 NLD Octo Chaminade DH Monticello KC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 NLD Octo Manchester Essex ZB Harrison LC Aff Aff on a 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 NLD R3 Needham SR Cambridge SS Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2015 NLD R3 Needham MYe Chaminade DH Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 VLD Runoff Princeton CP Montville EH Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 VLD R6 Catonsville NKe Park TL Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 VLD R5 McDowell JK Byram Hills PE Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 VLD R5 Millburn CS North Allegheny Senior DB Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 VLD R3 Christopher Columbus JN Concord Carlisle DL Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 VLD R2 Delbarton EC Pingry AG Aff
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD R3 Bronx Science GM Stuyvesant KW Neg
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD R3 Scarsdale SJ Harrison AG Neg
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD R2 Harrison EE Scarsdale MC Neg
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament 11/14/2014 VLD R1 Manchester Essex NS Concord Carlisle DL Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 JVLD R6 Pingry SW Scarsdale ML Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 JVLD R6 Bronx Science WD Needham SE Aff
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 JVLD R5 Bronx Science DLo Newark Science DA Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 JVLD R5 Cary KK Lexington KB Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 JVLD R3 Lexington NB Princeton NE Aff
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 JVLD R3 Ridge SM Lexington JS Neg
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 JVLD R2 Hunter College NPo Immaculate Heart MH Aff
Yale Invitational 9/19/2014 JVLD R2 Scarsdale GZ Collegiate HL Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD Triple Bronx Science SM Kugnus Acts JK Aff Neg on a 2-1
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD Triple Ridge SK North Allegheny EM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R6 Scarsdale CD E. L. Meyers CL Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R6 Belen Jesuit Prep FP Fort Collins WS Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R5 Red Mountain JG Kugnus Acts CCh Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R5 Liberty Christian TH Durant MC Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R4 George Ranch SC Cypress Woods TJ Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R4 Desert Vista AK Durant AR Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R3 Myers Park SP McClintock HP Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R3 New Orleans Jesuit RC Regis JA Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R2 Acton-Boxborough TL Stuyvesant SL Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R2 Desert Vista LB duPont Manual ST Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R1 North Crowley KM Red Mountain KB Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 JVLD R1 Timothy Christian JL Walt Whitman CC Neg
Columbia Invitational 1/24/2014 VLD R6 Cary NP Bronx Science CL Aff
Columbia Invitational 1/24/2014 VLD R5 Cary PA Scarsdale NT Neg
Columbia Invitational 1/24/2014 VLD R5 Bronx Science ID Cary HH Neg
Columbia Invitational 1/24/2014 VLD R4 Byram Hills JBi Needham AR Neg
Columbia Invitational 1/24/2014 VLD R3 Thomas Jefferson HSST KV Regis AF Neg
Columbia Invitational 1/24/2014 VLD R2 Cary AW Byram Hills AJ Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 NLD R5 West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South AI Catonsville AS Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 NLD R5 Bronx Science AM Berkeley Carroll JO Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 NLD R1 Scarsdale ZG Medina MD Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/6/2013 NLD R1 West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South RB State College VA Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2012 VLD R6 BenjamYD RoslynMA Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2012 VLD R6 MontviRU HunterRH Aff
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2012 VLD R3 ChaminMB BerkelCH Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2012 VLD R1 MontviKX La SalDS Neg