Miles Owens

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 13 May 2021 6:38 PM EST

General Thoughts – I try to be as tab as possible. However, I think everyone inevitably comes in with some preconceived notions about debate. Don’t feel like you have to adapt to my preferences--you should do whatever you do best. But if what you do best happens to be judge adaptation, here are some of my thoughts:

Framework – All I ask is that you engage each other's interpretations and arguments--don’t just read and extend. Look to my comments on topicality if you're interested in how I try to evaluate standards-based debate.

Case Debate – I think case-specific strategies that integrate intelligent on-case arguments into the 1NC can be really compelling.

DA/CPs – The more specific the better, but I’ll vote on anything.

Critiques – Most persuasive when they interact explicitly with the 1AC/2AC. For example, I like specific 2NC link analysis (doesn’t necessarily need to be carded) that points to arguments being made in the 1AC/2AC, and I like 2NC attempts to gain in roads to the case by suggesting the alternative is a necessary precondition to case solvency. I'm fine with critical affirmatives so long as you explain the significance of voting affirmative. A general note: given that I'm trying to evaluate your arguments as though I'm hearing them for the first time, please operate under the assumption that I'm completely unfamiliar with the literature you're reading.

Topicality – My threshold for T is the same as any other type of argument, but like all other positions, there are central issues that the 2NR needs to resolve in order for me to vote on T. If neither team articulates a framework within which I can vote, then I’ll default to competing interpretations, but I’d much rather not have to default to anything. Assuming I’m voting in a competing interpretations framework, I think of standards as external impacts to a vote for a given team’s interpretation. That means comparative impact calculus has a huge place in a 2NR that’s going for T. Explain to me what debate looks like if I vote for your interpretation and why that vision should be preferred to one that would allow for cases like the affirmative.

Theory – Please engage the other team's arguments--don't just read blocks and talk past one another. If you expect to win on theory (independently), you should probably give me some kind of substantive reason why a given violation merits rejection of the team, and not just the argument.

Nontraditional Debate – As long as I’m provided with a standard for evaluation that I feel both teams can reasonably be expected to meet, you can do whatever you'd like.

In Round Decorum – Don’t be mean. Try to have fun.

Speed – As long as you’re clear, I’m fine with speed.

Speaker Points – 28.5 is average. I'll add points for things like clarity and efficiency, and I'll subtract points for particularly messy debating.

If you have any specific questions, please ask. Feel free to email me after round with questions: miles.owens43@gmail.com

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Silver and Black HS 2021-12-02 CX Quarte New Trier SW Alpharetta MJ Aff Aff 3-0
Silver and Black HS 2021-12-02 CX Octo Notre Dame GU Gulliver Prep LR Neg Neg 3-0
Silver and Black HS 2021-12-02 CX R4 Head-Royce SC Park City CN Aff
Silver and Black HS 2021-12-02 CX R3 West HS SLC SP Notre Dame AD Aff
Silver and Black HS 2021-12-02 CX R2 Mount Vernon KF Notre Dame DK Neg
Silver and Black HS 2021-12-02 CX R1 Notre Dame GU West HS SLC AP Aff
The Meadows Invitational HS 2021-10-30 Pol V Octos Gunn SV Berkeley Prep ZT Aff Aff 2-1
Yale University Invitational 2021 HS 2021-09-17 VCX R1 Stuyvesant CC Mamaroneck ZG Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R11 270 136 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R10 186 108 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R9 109 159 Aff Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R8 189 236 Neg Neg 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R7 238 160 Aff Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R6 113 279 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R5 194 198 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R4 230 144 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 CX R2 265 239 Neg Neg 2-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX Triple Notre Dame KA Brooklyn Technical SD Aff Aff 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R6 Sonoma JS Northwood LL Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R5 Sonoma PK College Prep MT Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R4 Lowell WW Bellarmine IG Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R3 Liberal Arts and Science GP Carmel Valley Independent BD Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R2 Notre Dame KA CK McClatchy SP Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R1 SF Roosevelt LT Coppell KC Neg
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2021-01-15 CX Octos James Logan SP Gunn AS Neg Neg 3-0
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2021-01-15 CX R3 James Logan SN Bellarmine PS Aff
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2021-01-15 CX R2 Bellarmine DK Dougherty Valley YP Aff
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2021-01-15 CX R1 Gunn AS Archbishop Mitty MA Aff
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2020-12-03 CX Double Peninsula SY McQueen LR Neg Neg 3-0
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2020-12-03 CX R5 Rigby PS Okemos LH Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2020-12-03 CX R3 Nevada Union GW West HS SLC ML Aff
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2020-12-03 CX R2 Head Royce JS Peninsula GR Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2020-12-03 CX R1 Gulliver Prep LR Head Royce RK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R6 Thomas Jefferson HSST XD Peninsula DS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VCX R2 Munster KH Gulliver Prep LR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-N R7 Glenbrook North TB Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-V R6 ADL CC Coppell YP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-N R3 Dowling Catholic HB Casady HW Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-N R2 Montgomery Bell TL Crossings Christian MM Neg
The Meadows Invitational HS 2020-10-31 Pol V R3 Coppell KC Rowland Hall HS Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2020-10-15 CX R3 Dripping Springs MK Liberal Arts and Science BR Neg
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VCX R5 Hawken TT ADL WW Neg
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VCX R3 Mamaroneck DT Bronx Science BC Aff
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VCX R2 Pittsburgh Central Catholic HO Mamaroneck LP Neg
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VCX R1 Stuyvesant EP Davis Senior LX Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2020-09-17 CX R6 Glenbrook South SW Rowland Hall LD Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2020-09-17 CX R2 SF Roosevelt TL Presentation DaRa Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2020-09-11 VCX R5 Elkins GM Jesuit BC Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2020-09-11 JV CX R3 Hebron YS West HS SLC AP Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R10 X286 X259 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R9 X143 X239 Neg Neg 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R8 X283 X128 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R7 X272 X236 Neg Neg 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R6 X176 X250 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R5 X204 X124 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R4 X195 X173 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R3 X127 X222 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R2 X214 X198 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R1 X170 X178 Aff Aff 2-0
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 JCX Semi Archbishop Mitty KS Head Royce EC Aff Aff 2-1
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R6 Kamiak LK Archbishop Mitty AA Aff
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R5 Oak Hill AC Bellarmine IG Aff
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R4 Hawken GL Oakland FZ Neg
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R3 Ashland RC Archbishop Mitty NC Neg
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R2 Lowell WM Bellarmine TC Neg
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R1 Oakland Tech RL Archbishop Mitty AP Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2019-12-05 CX R6 Sonoma KP Kent Denver LK Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2019-12-05 CX R5 Lane Tech GP Kamiak HL Aff
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2019-12-05 CX R4 Meadows HW SF Roosevelt MW Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2019-12-05 CX R3 Garfield LT Kent Denver HS Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2019-12-05 CX R2 Eagle WL Salem Hills WM Aff
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2019-12-05 CX R1 Damien BT Gulliver Prep VG Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R4 Lexington AA Damien TB Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R3 Rowland Hall DG North Broward Prep DF Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R2 Barstow MT Rowland Hall CT Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2019-10-18 CX Octofi Dowling Catholic SP Brooklyn Technical AW Neg Neg 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2019-10-18 CX R6 Newark Science SQ Mamaroneck EF Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2019-10-18 CX R5 Newark Tech DW Edgemont FP Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2019-10-18 CX R3 McDonogh MW Interlake CL Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2019-10-18 CX R2 Isidore Newman EP North Star OT Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2019-10-18 CX R1 Damien BD Boston Latin IN Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R12 X251 X192 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R8 X136 X135 Aff Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R5 X166 X118 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R4 X277 X241 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R3 X250 X121 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R2 X164 X183 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 CX R1 X177 X173 Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2019-02-16 VCX R6 Mount Vernon MG Bellarmine BV Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2019-02-16 VCX R5 St. Vincent De Paul BC Oakland Tech RZ Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2019-02-16 VCX R4 West Campus HM Oakland Tech MG Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2019-02-16 VCX R3 Notre Dame PP Barstow LT Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2019-02-16 VCX R2 Downtown Magnets LM St Francis BV Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2019-02-16 VCX R1 Downtown Magnets CM Rural Jurors BP Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 HS 2018-11-29 CX Double Kent Denver HS Rowland Hall TA Aff Aff 2-1
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 HS 2018-11-29 CX R6 Salem Hills WA Juan Diego Catholic RA Aff
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 HS 2018-11-29 CX R3 Eagle LC Head Royce RW Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 HS 2018-11-29 CX R2 SLC West SW SF Roosevelt MW Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational 2018 HS 2018-11-29 CX R1 McQueen RR Notre Dame ND Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VCX R7 Berkeley Prep KK Bellarmine College Prep VR Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VCX R6 Union HW Niles North NK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VCX R5 Edina AD Blue Valley North CM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VCX R4 Edina YY St Francis SN Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VCX R3 St Francis VB Evanston Twp CL Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VCX R2 Blue Valley North AL Detroit Country Day FL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VCX R1 St. Andrew's Episcopal JL Washburn Rural BP Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R9 X102 X280 Neg Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R7 X180 X191 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R6 X193 X143 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R5 X165 X243 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R3 X185 X233 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R2 X201 X138 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R1 X174 X136 Neg Neg 2-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX Triple Cypress Bay KK Westwood CS Aff Aff 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX R5 Cypress Bay KK Bellarmine College Prep RY Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX R4 Notre Dame PS Leland RP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX R3 Nevada Union AM College Prep CM Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX R2 College Prep MP Fairview LL Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX R1 Notre Dame CP Northside CP MR Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2017-11-30 CX R6 Skyline YP Green Canyon AW Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2017-11-30 CX R5 CK McClatchy MV Notre Dame CP Aff
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2017-11-30 CX R4 Oakland Tech PB Rowland Hall-St Mark AG Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2017-11-30 CX R3 Brighton WF CK McClatchy RM Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2017-11-30 CX R2 Copper Hills NB CK McClatchy LP Neg
Alta Silver and Black Invitational HS 2017-11-30 CX R1 Kearns AR Meadows BL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2017-11-18 VCX R7 Dowling Catholic TM Eagan SL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2017-11-18 VCX R6 Garfield BP Phoenix Military TC Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2017-11-18 VCX R4 Walter Payton CP WW Notre Dame MP Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2017-11-18 VCX R3 Notre Dame PS Lindblom Math and Science SD Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2017-11-18 VCX R1 Notre Dame UK Lansing BC Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2017-02-11 VCX R6 Georgetown Day CG Barstow FS Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2017-02-11 VCX R5 St. Vincent De Paul CS Gig Harbor HM Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2017-02-11 VCX R4 Fairview WZ Legacy SH Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2017-02-11 VCX R3 St. Vincent De Paul PR Episcopal School Of Dallas KJ Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2017-02-11 VCX R2 Archbishop Mitty VD Barstow FF Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2017-02-11 VCX R1 Niles West SS Head Royce SH Aff
Alta Silver and Black HS 2016-12-01 CX R6 Eagle EE Head Royce FN Aff
Alta Silver and Black HS 2016-12-01 CX R2 Sky View AH Meadows SV Neg
Alta Silver and Black HS 2016-12-01 CX R1 Sky View MS Kent Denver HT Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX Triple Greenhill MW CK McClatchy HN Neg Neg 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R6 Lowell LC Leland IC Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R5 Brophy CP SG Orosi PR Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R4 University Prep CM CK McClatchy HN Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R3 Garfield PR Head Royce CP Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R2 Brophy CP SS CK McClatchy BF Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R1 Barstow MF Lynbrook VN Aff
Alta Silver and Black HS 2015-12-03 CX Double Interlake GJ Rowland Hall-St. Mark's BM Aff Aff 2-1
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R7 Little Rock Central MD Desert Vista AG Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R6 East Kentwood OB Whitney M. Young Magnet RJ Neg
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R4 Whitney M. Young Magnet SO Edina CS Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R3 St. Vincent De Paul HM Harker SH Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R2 Law Magnet JG Perry HH Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R1 Northside College Prep JS West Des Moines Valley HH Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 TD R4 La Salle College CP Stuyvesant YS Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 TD R1 Lexington DC Ransom Everglades AP Aff
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 JVP Double Bronx Science YK Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CC Aff Neg 2-1
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 JVP R5 McDonogh NJ Lexington ZW Aff
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 JVP R4 McClintock GW Clear Lake BW Aff
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 JVP R3 McDowell WS Nashua HSs IV Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2013-10-18 TD Double Capitol Debate HP Eastside MW Aff Aff 2-1
New York City Invitational HS 2013-10-18 TD 6 ACORN Community DT Debate Rhode Island FB Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2013-10-18 TD 5 ACORN Community AJ La Salle College DG Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2013-10-18 TD 3 Brooklyn Technical DD Lexington LM Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2013-10-18 TD 2 Central Catholic JM Lexington KZ Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2013-10-18 TD 1 Marist AB Wilson PF Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2012-10-19 TD Sexto KKaid RI BaltimBB Neg Neg 3-0
New York City Invitational HS 2012-10-19 TD 4 EastsiRW UniverPA Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2012-10-19 TD 1 TechnoMW ACORN VC Aff