Carolyn Luedtke ParadigmLast changed 1/28 11:46P PST
I did Lincoln Douglas debate in high school for three years (a long time ago!) and parliamentary debate in college at Princeton. Debate was an amazing activity that I loved doing. It trained me very well to be a lawyer -- I am now a litigator and I debate with my adversaries in court instead of high school classrooms. I started judging high school parliamentary debate in the Fall of 2018. High school parli is different from college parliamentary debate and very different from Lincoln Douglas so be aware that I am very familiar with debate, but I am not as familiar with all high school parliamentary lingo.
Things I like:
-- clash (I promise I won't hold it against you if you take a position that I don't agree with, but I really enjoy judging debates where the two sides create a lot of clash and disagreement on the resolution)
-- when you hit all their points. don't drop arguments.
-- organization (please sign post, help me flow)
-- really good quality public speaking (you can talk as fast as you want as long as I can understand you; I think debate should be both persuasive and strategic -- this means I will evaluate both what you say and how well you say it)
Things I do not like:
-- running a "K"
-- jargon and acronyms that I don't understand (if you use jargons and acronyms, please just explain them to me)
-- being disrespectful of your opponents (you can crush them, but please do it respectfully)