Alice Lin Paradigm

Last changed 11 January 2021 10:42 AM PST

Updated 1/11/2021.

Background: I competed in NPDA parli at Berkeley 2011-2015. I debated both policy and critical, but many of my original positions were race/gender criticisms and I leaned heavily critical towards the end of my career. I now work for the USFG - mostly on economic policy, but previously on health and immigration policy.

I have judged a few times per year on the national circuit for the past five years, but have not judged this year. If you are having me at Mile High 2021, the last tournament I judged was NPTE 2020, so I have not judged virtually before. Therefore, if you get me in the first few prelims, you may want to go slightly slower than usual. I have not been involved in topic prep at all, so keep that in mind.

Generally, you should do what you want to do (as long as you aren't a jerk) because this is your time and I'm not volunteering my weekend and/or taking time off work to watch people be miserable.

Open to answering questions - message me on Facebook, preferably before prep time begins.

Condo: I have no preference.

Ks: I'm more familiar with race/gender-based criticisms. I don't understand pomo or psychoanalysis well. Feel free whether to defend the topic or not - I read a lot of nontopical affs. But will also vote on framework.

Theory: I was not a good theory debater, and don't have very nuanced views on theory compared to where the circuit has moved. But I seem to vote on it a decent amount.

Speaks: Aside from all the usual, you will get higher speaks if 1) you are not unnecessarily an asshole, 2) you say true things, 3) you sound like you want to be there.

Miscellaneous Observations:

- I enjoy the performative aspect of debate (not limited to "performance" arguments, and not limited to grandstanding).

- I enjoy original, creative arguments.

- I think debate is a fun game and that different people get different things out of it. I tend to think that one of the things with the most significant lasting impact is how we interact with other people in the activity. Which is not everyone must be nice all the time, but I hope people can be compassionate in the context of a competitive environment, while not shying away from confronting hard things.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Parli TOC HS 2015-04-11 Parli R4 Saratoga/West Ranch YS Windsor SM Neg Neg 2-0
Parli TOC HS 2015-04-11 Parli R3 Ashland PF Saratoga RO Neg
Parli TOC HS 2015-04-11 Parli R2 Sonoma KG Westfield HW Aff Aff 2-0
Parli TOC HS 2015-04-11 Parli R1 Claremont JB Notre Dame San Jose DH Neg Neg 2-0
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD Quarte Mission San Jose AB Peninsula AT Neg Neg 3-0
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD Octas La Canada AZ Peninsula AT Neg Neg 3-0
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD Double Los Altos JN Mission San Jose SS Neg Neg 3-0
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD Double Mission San Jose PB John Marshall DD Neg Neg 2-1
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD Triple Fairview TW Evergreen Valley KV Aff Neg 2-1
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD Triple Miramonte AB Oakwood AB Aff Aff 3-0
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R6 Monta Vista HS (Cupertino) OZ Saratoga GS Aff
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R6 Brentwood KM West Ranch JH Aff
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R5 Peninsula JZ Citrus Valley SO Aff
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R3 Peninsula AT Los Altos JN Aff
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R3 Brentwood WL Peninsula CK Neg
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R2 Monta Vista HS (Cupertino) AS Meadows MS Neg
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R2 Mission San Jose RR Lovejoy MC Aff
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R1 Mission San Jose SS Butte Falls LK Aff
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VLD R1 Mission San Jose PB Palo Alto TC Aff
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley HS 2014-11-15 OPD R4 Irvington CM Notre Dame DH Aff
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley HS 2014-11-15 OPD R3 Dougherty Valley BZ Los Gatos TY Aff
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at Berkeley HS 2014-11-15 OPD R2 Sonoma HM Nueva CS Aff