Ryan Gorman Paradigm

Last changed 14 April 2019 10:44 AM CDT

Just to give some context about my debate history: I debated for four years in high school with Dallas Jesuit. I went to Emory, but did not debate while I was there. While in college, I did occasional work for Jesuit and coached/judged at some national tournaments. After graduating, I spent two years coaching and judging at Jesuit before going to law school. I'm currently in my second year and have limited judging experience on this topic (several rounds at the Texas state tournament in March 2019).

Stylistic Preferences
Framing is good - explain why your links supersede the link-turns, why the solvency deficit on the counterplan means you win on disad mitigation, etc. Tell me how you want different parts of the flow (and different pages of the debate) to interact.

I get annoyed by bad highlighting - that is, highlighting that reduces sentences into fragments and phrases that don't coherently fit together. If your opponent reads a card that is severely under-highlighted, and tries to extend warrants that weren't actually in the highlighting, point that out - I'll be receptive.

My speaker point range is usually 28-29 - I find myself going above that more often than I do going below that. If you want good speaks: line-by-line, clash, and be fast but clear (and smart, but that should go without saying).

I like to be included on email chains. I don't scroll/read through the docs during speeches, unless I get worried about clipping cards.

Theory
Slow down. No, really. Slow. Down. Conditionality is probably good – multiple conditional worlds that contradict each other are probably less of a good thing. Most other theory arguments are probably a reason to reject the argument and not the team (yes, even if those blippy theory arguments are conceded) - maybe you can convince me otherwise. You should be talking about the impacts to your theoretical objection (or counter-interpretation) just as you would for any other argument.

When schools break a truly new Aff, they should not have to disclose anything about the substance of that Aff to the Negative before the round. I think that is a powerful incentive for people to innovate. It will be almost impossible for you to convince me otherwise. An Aff that is new to a particular pairing but that has been previously broken by another team from the same school is not "new."

Topicality
At the end of the year, against Affs that have been run for awhile, Neg teams might need to focus more on why the particular Aff's un-topical-ness is bad (not necessarily in-round abuse, but a reason their Aff, and not necessarily what they justify, makes it harder for you to debate). Links and impacts should be discussed just as they would any other argument. I do not think that the limits debate is necessarily the most important standard. I default to competing interpretations (unless a compelling argument against that default can be won), so it is important that you talk about what other debates (not just your own) would look like under your interpretation (my earlier caveat about end-of-the-year debates changes this a bit). Evidence on topicality can be very useful and strategic, but is by no means necessary.

Counterplans
PICs and agent counterplans are usually okay – agent counterplans that play fast-and-loose with excessive amounts of fiat may be less okay. States counterplans are probably okay, especially if you have a solvency advocate.

I’m not the biggest fan of process counterplans, unless those counterplans come with evidence/a solvency advocate (preferably specific to the Aff). That said, a solvency advocate isn't a death knell to the Aff - if you think their process counterplan is bad for debate, tell me why.

All of the above is debatable. I'll vote for a counterplan I don't like if the Aff doesn't win.

Kritiks
As far as framework goes, Aff’s probably get to weigh the action of the plan. Links and impacts should be discussed (and labeled as such) just as they would for any other arguments. It’s probably important that the link is specific to the Aff – even better if you have multiple links specific to the Aff. It’s also probably important that your alternative solves the Aff harms, or at least makes some attempt to. The Negative should bring up and defend what they think the role-of-the-ballot should be.

Thoughts on "non-traditional"/"performance" Affs: Here's my starting point: I think plan texts are probably good, and that the Aff should probably engage (at least some of) the specifics of the topic/resolution. That said, I’m sympathetic to the need to have discussions in the debate space that don't necessary follow those criteria. But I’m also sympathetic to the Neg’s need to, frankly, have something predictable to debate against. Debate isn't just a platform for advocacy, and it isn't just a game - it's a little bit of both combined to make something else entirely. I think that Negatives going for framework or topicality against these types of Affirmatives can get a lot of mileage out of arguing either that there is a "topical" version of the Aff, or that switch-side debate solves. That said, I don't want this to dissuade you from running these Affs in front of me - but if your access point is something other than a plan text, and the pref sheet doesn't prevent me from judging you, I want you to know my usual leanings and still be able to win. I'll judge what gets debated in-round - if you win that your type of advocacy is needed (that your education is uniquely good and uniquely a product of what you're doing in the debate round) and not all that bad, you'll win the round (especially if the Neg isn't doing a good job contesting those points). Tell me why the topical version of the plan doesn't do the trick, tell me why the discussions the Neg wants us to have aren't important/useful, read some great literature that backs up your point of view, etc. Teach me something new - I'm here to learn, too.

Email: ryan.gorman.p@gmail.com

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2017-04-08 POL Octos Greenhill KM Montgomery Bell CJ Aff Neg 2-1
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2017-04-08 POL DO Greenhill KM College Prep HR Aff Aff 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2017-04-08 POL R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG St. Mark's School of Texas WW Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2017-04-08 POL R4 Fullerton Union GK Glenbrook South RV Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2017-04-08 POL R2 Juan Diego Catholic MM Pace HN Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2017-04-08 POL R1 St. Mark's School of Texas RV Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PF Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2017-03-17 CX2 Octafi Carrollton Agreda & De la Guardia Niles West Firozabadi & Khan Aff Aff 2-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2017-03-17 CX2 R2 Berkeley Prep Kuperman & Kanchanapalli Alpharetta Udeshi & Sachdeva Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2017-02-18 VCX Triple College Prep MW Bellarmine VR Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2017-02-18 VCX R3 New Trier AB Niles North CG Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2017-02-18 VCX R2 Ingraham ZV Portland Independent SG Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2017-02-18 VCX R1 Coppell CD Bellarmine YP Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R5 Westwo SC BluVal LK Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R4 KapMou EH St.Mar WW Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R3 LitRoc JJ WBRay SS Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R2 CadMag CA Greenh LZ Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL PFB Woodward AH Montgomery Bell BH Aff Aff 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL ADW Woodward MR Montgomery Bell KR Neg Neg 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools MS 2017-01-27 PEL R6 Montgomery Bell CJ Pace MN Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL R4 Meadows BN St. Mark's School of Texas RS Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DP Montgomery Bell BH Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL R1 Grapevine MP Isidore Newman AL Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2016-10-14 PD Octas Notre Dame HS - Sherman Oaks AR Damien MP Neg Neg 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2016-10-14 PD R6 Highland Park (Dallas) AM Glenbrook South KV Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2016-10-14 PD R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PD Montgomery Bell JC Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2016-10-14 PD R2 Greenhill GR Woodward AS Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2016-10-14 PD R1 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Notre Dame HS - Sherman Oaks MP Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R6 College Prep KM Kinkaid BR Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R4 Montgomery Bell CJ Glenbrook North JL Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R2 Woodward AH Reagan SS Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R3 Greenhill KS Highland Park (Dallas) KM Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R2 Edina CS Hendrickson GS Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R1 Colleyville Heritage LL St. Mark's School of Texas WW Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R6 Notre Dame FR Blue Valley Southwest LH Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GB Woodward PB Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R4 Greenhill KS Woodward AH Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R2 Highland Park BD Harker SH Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R1 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CP Notre Dame CP Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2016-03-18 CX2 Round Niles North Williams & Merrill Niles West Glancy & Salehitezangi Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2016-03-18 CX1 Round Mountain Brook Harris & Kinderman Riverwood International Charter Weekley & Palmar Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX Triple La Costa Canyon YM Notre Dame FR Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R6 Crosby M Niles West BS Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R4 Harker HS Notre Dame FR Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R3 Coppell CD New Trier BW Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R2 Calhoun BF Kinkaid RR Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R1 Notre Dame CP Chaminade CP TA Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2016-02-05 VCX S St.Mar PG LawMag JG Aff Aff 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2016-02-05 VCX Q LawMag JG ShaMis OT Aff Aff 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2016-02-05 VCX O ShaMis OT Lindal DW Aff Aff 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2016-02-05 VCX R5 Lansin BD Dulles ZR Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2016-02-05 VCX R4 Greenh GK Lindal DW Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2016-02-05 VCX R3 Dulles JF Wylie SM Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2016-02-05 VCX R2 Prospe WV Westwo GN Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2016-02-05 VCX R1 Andrew LS St.Mar WK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R2 USN BW Highland Park (Dallas) CP Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R1 Glenbrook North CR Highland Park BD Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R7 Isidore Newman FL Phoenix Military DL Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R5 Damien MP Lexington LM Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R3 Damien JR Montgomery Bell ZY Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R2 Meadows BN Highland Park Senior MM Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R1 Woodward BP Iowa City West KTr Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CP Greenhill KS Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Cathedral Prep LS Westminster Schools CB Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Colleyville Heritage BG Lexington CD Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Woodward SA Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PG Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ MS Glenbrook North CR Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX Double Blake SW MonBel JG Aff Aff 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R6 IowCit WZ Woodwa SA Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R5 StGeo VM MonBel JC Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R4 St.Mar GW GleSou RS Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R3 MaiEas PS Damien MP Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R2 NilWes GG Meadow BN Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R1 JohCre LD BroCP SS Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX Qrtrs St. Mark's School of Texas PK Greenhill AK Aff Aff 3-0
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX Octos Kinkaid RR Katy Taylor AL Neg Aff 2-1
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R5 Colleyville Heritage GB keller CS Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R4 Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ MS Katy Taylor AL Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R3 St. Mark's School of Texas PK Highland Park (Dallas) CP Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R2 Coppell DP Greenhill MS Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R1 Union JS Greenhill WK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2015-01-23 CX R6 West Des Moines Valley HR Chattahoochee SW Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2015-01-23 CX R4 Johns Creek XB West Des Moines Valley BD Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2015-01-23 CX R2 Lexington ML Carrollton TD Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2015-01-23 CX R1 Greenhill DK Carrollton WC Aff