Mia Berman Paradigm

Last changed 9 January 2021 7:41 AM CDT

Background about me: I debated LD for 5 years for Hopkins High School in MN (2009-2014) and coached for Loyola Blakefield High School in Maryland for 2 years (2014-2016). As a debater I had moderate success, breaking at most bid tournaments, reaching 6 bid rounds, and qualified to NSDA Nationals my sophomore year. I am currently a staffer on Capitol Hill.

I am old and have only just started judging again. I do not know all the new trends/abbreviations and I am not great with speed. Please start at 40% and ramp up (especially since WIFI and computers can be weird). Maybe don't use some weird trick or spike in the round, or at least be very, very clear about what you're doing and how it impacts the round as early as possible. I like Ks and philosophy, policy is fine, theory and tricks are not my thing. I want to be on the email chain: Berman.mia11@gmail.com and if you ask for my email I am going to assume you didn't read my paradigm, which will make me sad :(

Re: Theory and T, it is not my thing and I don't think I would be great at evaluating it. HOWEVER, if there is real abuse don't let my inexperience dissuade you from running it, just explain why it's needed. For instance, on the LAWs topic, if someone runs an Aff about landmines, I think the Neg is justified in running T. I just don't recommend Theory or T as a strategy in front of me. I also do not tend to find Theory/T compelling against Ks, but you may be able to convince me otherwise.

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The below paradigm is from the last time I judged: 2015. Don't hold me to any of it and ask questions about it before the round.

I advise caution when discussing sensitive issues. I will listen to these arguments, but would appreciate if you first offer a trigger warning and/or ask your opponent whether or not they would be comfortable debating it. This is not an excuse for you (if you are the opponent) to stop them from running this argument if you simply don't feel like debating it, but a way of not having to be triggered by such a sensitive issue in round. If you are opposing an argument like this in round, I ask you to be sensitive and respectful in how you respond to it. There are non-offensive and smart arguments to make, or you can simply preclude the arguments, or argue why you cannot argue against these. Happy to clarify this before the beginning of the round.

TLDR; Don't be offensive or rude.

If you can't find what you're looking for in here, feel free to ask before the round.

Short version:

--I will yell clear/slow if needed If I have to yell clear more than 3 times in a single speech you're getting 27.5 speaks max
--If you run disclosure theory you will get a lose 20
--If you run "must run a plan" or "AFC" you will get 25 speaks max
--Being sketchy is not ok
--I reserve the right to dock speaks for extreme rudeness
--Weird arguments/alternative approaches to debate and the topic are fun and good as long as you explain them
--Extinction good is fine
--I reserve the right to drop you if you are being extremely offensive
--If you want to send me your case because you're worried I will miss something I am totally OK with that
--Have fun, be nice

Long version:


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Theory
I default reasonability, RVIs, and drop the argument. These are just defaults and can be overridden, however I personally find theory silly. If you like to run theory as the A strat I am not the judge for you. I will listen to fairness and education aren't voters arguments. If there is genuine abuse, I am glad to listen to shells that accurately point out the abuse and why it is bad. That being said, if you can prove why the abuse isn't there, I will vote on that too. Semantic "I meets" are silly and I have a low threshold for responses to those. Furthermore, I do not find theory against K's particularly persuasive. Specifically if the debater running the K makes arguments how your conception of fairness or education is coming from the dominate powers perspective, I will often find myself persuaded to look at the K before theory. In these situations, I would rather you either engage the K or preclude it with your case. I think some of the arguments that are often made against Ks and put into a theory format can potentially be persuasive, but when structured as a theory shell they become much easier to beat. (If you have questions about what I mean or how these arguments would function, feel free to ask)

Larp/Util
I didn't run straight up larp much as a debater, but that's not to say I won't judge it like anything else, however I am probably not the best to evaluate these rounds. Don't assume I know the technicalities of these arguments and make sure to explain how everything functions.

K's/Critical cases
Go ahead! As a debater, especially towards the end of my career, this was what I enjoyed running most. That being said, if I don't understand it after CX, I can't expect your opponent to understand it either and will have a difficult time voting on it. Don't be purposefully confusing; make it clear how the case functions and where I am supposed to vote. If you are running something denser than fem/cap/colonialism/anthro, please try to go a bit slower than normal to make sure it is clear. If I have to say clear/slow several times and I still look confused, there is a problem and you likely won't be able to fix it in later speeches.

Speaker Points
I assign speaker points based off diversity and development of argumentation, fluency/clearness, and general disposition/attitude. Humor can go a long way, as long as it is not at another's expense. If I have to yell clear more than 3 times I will begin to dock speaks, .5 each additional time.

Dense Philosophical Positions
In college I majored in philosophy and I find it fascinating, however I don't know every philosophical position and don't read your case at me like I do. If you know your position is more obscure and denser, make sure to slow down and be clear about explaining it in cross-ex and your rebuttals.

Sketchy
Don't. If you're going to do it, own up to it.

Overall Round Evaluation
I evaluate the round in layers. I tend to care more about the line by line but can be swayed by the big picture. I appreciate weighing, it is going to have to happen at some point, so either you can do it for me, or I will do it and you will likely be upset. Don't waste your time on arguments that don't matter; only go for what you need to in order to win. If that takes the entire time, use it. If you can win the round in 2 minutes in the 2N, I would rather you sit down than ramble for the remainder of your time.

Overall, I am here to judge you and hopefully the round can be enjoyable and educational for all of us. Choose well! :)

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD D-Oct Chantilly JW Reservoir SM Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD Trips Needham VF Maggie L. Walker Governor's VM Neg Aff 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 5 Spanish River MS Xaverian AY Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 4 Henry Clay MK Harrison MB Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 3 Rockhurst IM Ladue Horton Watkins AR Neg Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 2 Reservoir NB Needham JG Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 1 McDowell SA Long Reach LD Neg Neg 2-1
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 OLD Finals Westview MW BASIS Independent Silicon Valley AJ Aff Aff 2-1
The Evergreen Invitational MS 2021-02-26 NLD Quarte Thornton PN Stratford Sunnyvale Raynor AC Neg Neg 3-0
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 NLD R5 Milpitas RB Prospect JK Neg
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 NLD R4 Stratford Sunnyvale Raynor SY Los Altos SZ Aff
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 NLD R4 Milpitas NN NMHS Cougars RH Aff
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 OLD R3 Westview KG BASIS Independent Silicon Valley NG Neg
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 OLD R3 Westview MW Evergreen Valley SV Aff
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 NLD R2 Stratford Sunnyvale Raynor AC Los Altos FW Aff
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 NLD R2 Los Altos JP Holy Cross GB Aff
The Evergreen Invitational MS 2021-02-26 NLD R1 Stratford Sunnyvale Raynor TK Holy Cross WA Aff
The Evergreen Invitational HS 2021-02-26 NLD R1 NMHS Cougars SA Prospect VR Neg
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VLD Triple Woodlands LW Syosset IS Neg Neg 2-1
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VLD R5 Granite Bay AR Millburn HR Neg
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VLD R5 West Des Moines Valley JW Bronx Science NK Neg
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VLD R4 Randolph JM Byram Hills AK Neg
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VLD R4 Holy Cross ND Buffalo WW Aff
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VLD R3 MHDC DH Walt Whitman TG Aff
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VLD R2 Montville NP Northern Valley HS Independent DN Neg
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VLD R1 Mountain View EN West Des Moines Valley MM Neg
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R7 Marlborough MJ Harker DS Neg Neg 2-1
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R6 Marlborough TH Harker DS Neg
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R5 Harvard-Westlake MT Marlborough YN Aff
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R4 Harker PU Harvard-Westlake KD Neg
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R3 Harker SZ Harvard-Westlake LM Neg
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R2 Harker DG Harvard-Westlake WL Neg
Harvard Westlake Debates HS 2021-01-14 NLD R1 Marlborough MJ Harker SP Aff
2021 Sunvite HS 2021-01-08 VLD Octas Lexington MS Durham AA Aff Aff 2-1
2021 Sunvite HS 2021-01-08 VLD Double Pembroke Pines Charter JD Sequoyah JS Aff Aff 3-0
2021 Sunvite HS 2021-01-08 VLD R5 Lake Highland Prep YA American Heritage Broward PG Neg
2021 Sunvite HS 2021-01-08 VLD R4 Montville SH Lincoln Park AA Aff
2021 Sunvite HS 2021-01-08 VLD R2 Millard North RL Montville NP Aff
2021 Sunvite HS 2021-01-08 VLD R1 Pembroke Pines Charter JD Cypress Bay MZ Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 LD R4 Presentation NB Scarsdale AK Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 LD R3 Torrey Pines KN Eagan JS Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 LD R2 West Des Moines Valley SJ Summit MR Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 LD R1 West Ranch SV West Des Moines Valley CF Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship HS 2020-12-04 JVLD Semis Minnetonka JB Robbinsdale Armstrong JL Aff Aff 2-1
MDTA JVNovice State Championship HS 2020-12-04 JVLD Quarte Eden Prairie SD Robbinsdale Armstrong JL Neg Neg 2-1
MDTA JVNovice State Championship HS 2020-12-04 JVLD R7 Robbinsdale Armstrong DM Eagan BW Aff Neg 2-1
MDTA JVNovice State Championship HS 2020-12-04 JVLD R5 Chaska PL Edina NS Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship HS 2020-12-04 JVLD R4 Robbinsdale Armstrong VV Roseville Area AP Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship HS 2020-12-04 JVLD R2 Eden Prairie DT Maple Grove AL Neg
MDTA JVNovice State Championship HS 2020-12-04 JVLD R1 Robbinsdale Cooper OS Mahtomedi CB Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VLD R7 STA/Vis IB BASIS Phoenix GV Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VLD R5 Charlotte Latin VD St Francis KC Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VLD R4 West HS SLC HZ Appleton North MU Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VLD R3 Vestavia Hills RB West Des Moines Valley CF Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-21 VLD R1 Chanhassen AN Riverside KS Aff
Badgerland Chung vitational HS 2020-11-13 LD Quar Roeper RL Millard North RL Neg Neg 3-0
Badgerland Chung vitational HS 2020-11-13 LD Octa Millard North RL West Des Moines Valley MM Aff Aff 2-1
Badgerland Chung vitational HS 2020-11-13 LD R5 McNeil AG Brookfield Central SM Aff
Badgerland Chung vitational HS 2020-11-13 LD R4 West Des Moines Valley JW Verona Area JK Aff
Badgerland Chung vitational HS 2020-11-13 LD R3 West Des Moines Valley AM Millard North RL Neg
Badgerland Chung vitational HS 2020-11-13 LD R2 West Des Moines Valley TE Sheboygan South LH Aff
Badgerland Chung vitational HS 2020-11-13 LD R1 Millard North SL West Des Moines Valley MM Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-06 JVLD Final Eagan BW Harrison JP Neg Neg 2-1
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-06 JVLD Semi Perry JA Harrison JP Aff Neg 2-1
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-06 VLD Triple Immaculate Heart BC Mission San Jose SS Aff Aff 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-06 VLD R5 Riverside KS Troy Independent AP Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-06 VLD R3 Rosemount TA Edina LH Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-06 VLD R2 Eagan JS Apple Valley JS Neg
The Edina Classic HS 2018-11-10 NLD R5 Eagan KB Eden Prairie AT Neg
The Edina Classic HS 2018-11-10 NLD R4 East Ridge RB Edina ER Aff
The Edina Classic HS 2018-11-10 NLD R2 Eagan JS Chanhassen PT Aff
The Edina Classic HS 2018-11-10 NLD R1 Hopkins AR Chanhassen MK Neg
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD Dubs Stuyvesant SL Byram Hills RP Aff Aff 2-1
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD R5 Bronx HS Of Science DR Scarsdale ZG Aff
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD R4 Scarsdale MC Syosset JW Neg
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD R4 Stuyvesant SL Scarsdale AC Aff
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD R3 Collegiate EW Stuyvesant TC Neg
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD R2 Princeton EO Hendrick Hudson MG Aff
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD R2 Stuyvesant PY Scarsdale GZ Neg
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD R1 Poly Prep Country Day SA Randolph EW Aff
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 VLD R1 Half Hollow Hills SA Princeton MN Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD Octos Byram Hills PE University HM Neg Aff 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD Double Harrison EB Hawken NK Neg Neg 3-0
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD Runoff Millburn WH Ridge VK Aff Aff 3-0
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD Rd 6 Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Ridge NP Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R4 North Allegheny Senior NS Montville RU Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R3 Stuyvesant SW West Des Moines Valley EM Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R2 West Des Moines Valley BG Needham SR Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R2 Collegiate EW Lexington ZA Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R1 Lexington NG Delbarton VK Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic HS 2015-02-14 VLD Quarte Strake Jesuit CP KF Lexington CL Aff Aff 2-1
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic HS 2015-02-14 VLD Octo Strake Jesuit CP KF Flower Mound HD Aff Aff 3-0
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic HS 2015-02-14 VLD Double Ridge WW Timber Creek AN Neg Neg 3-0
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic HS 2015-02-14 VLD R4 Flower Mound AZ Timber Creek AN Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic HS 2015-02-14 VLD R2 Bronx Science DR Strake Jesuit CP KF Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD Semis Danville BW Marriotts Ridge QC Neg Neg 2-1
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD Octos Pitt Central JD Danville PZ Aff Aff 3-0
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 NLD Octos Unionville RB Lawrenceville LK Neg Neg 2-1
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R5 Pitt Central MS Wilde Lake SS Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R3 Lawrenceville HL Dallastown CG Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R3 Council Rock North SY Perkiomen Valley MR Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R2 Lexington NV Unionville RS Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R2 Bayside NS Council Rock North TR Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R1 Woodgrove MT Dallastown ND Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R1 Hill MH Upper Dublin RZ Aff
Columbia Invitational HS 2015-01-23 VLD Dubs Scarsdale ZE Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Neg Neg 3-0
Columbia Invitational HS 2015-01-23 VLD R6 Harrison RP Cambridge Rindge and Latin PO Neg
Columbia Invitational HS 2015-01-23 VLD R3 Bronx Science DR Scarsdale MC Aff
Columbia Invitational HS 2015-01-23 VLD R3 Stuyvesant KW Timothy Christian JL Aff
Columbia Invitational HS 2015-01-23 VLD R2 Stuyvesant TC Park LC Neg
Columbia Invitational HS 2015-01-23 VLD R2 Timothy Christian RJ Collegiate DK Neg
Columbia Invitational HS 2015-01-23 VLD R1 Klein HR Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD Finals Greenhill GB Walt Whitman SC Aff Aff 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD Quarte Evanston Township JS Bronx Science DR Aff Aff 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD Octos Scarsdale RG Evanston Township JS Neg Neg 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD Double Evanston Township EW Lake Highland MC Neg Aff 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD Double Lexington JK DSM Roosevelt EW Neg Neg 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD Triple Lexington JK WDM Valley CT Aff Aff 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD Triple Scarsdale JN Lexington LW Neg Neg 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R6 Lexington LW Eastside Catholic ZM Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R6 Scarsdale JN WDM Valley GS Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R5 Delbarton EC Scarsdale MC Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R5 Lexington JK WDM Valley EM Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R4 Evanston Township DF WDM Valley WG Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R4 Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences CH WDM Valley CT Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R3 St. Louis Park DA Lake Highland RS Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R3 Lake Highland SS WDM Valley HS Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R2 Manchester Essex MI Lake Highland MC Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R2 Evanston Township CT Lake Highland AA Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R1 Lake Highland MCh WDM Valley SC Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 LD R1 Lake Highland KP Marquette University HL Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD Semis Sacred Heart AT Scarsdale RG Neg Neg 3-0
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD Octos Cypress Bay JS Lexington DA Neg Aff 2-1
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD Runoff Brentwood MR Montville JM Aff Aff 2-1
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R5 Stuyvesant KF Harrison AG Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R4 Collegiate KY Lake Highland KP Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R4 Montville RU Collegiate HH Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R3 Collegiate DK Ridge VK Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R3 Delbarton NA Syosset TL Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R2 Millburn AL Lake Highland OT Neg
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R2 Brentwood MR Broad Run CD Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R1 Brentwood TH Ridge AS Aff
New York City Invitational HS 2014-10-16 LD R1 Brentwood JL Phoenix Country Day PW Aff
National Symposium for Debate 2014-08-01 LD Round Kathy Wang Greta Chen Aff
National Symposium for Debate 2014-08-01 LD Round Brandon Kramer Derek Zhang Neg
National Symposium for Debate 2014-08-01 LD Round Meredith Fossitt Audrey Saltzman Neg
National Symposium for Debate 2014-08-01 LD Round Katherine Fennell Karen Gu Aff
National Symposium for Debate 2014-08-01 LD Round Shivane Sabharwal Jack Briody Aff
National Symposium for Debate 2014-08-01 LD Round Sarah Cogan Timothy Foley Neg
National Symposium for Debate 2014-08-01 LD Round Jack Lucas Aysha Hafiz Neg
National Symposium for Debate 2014-08-01 LD Round Michael Bogaty Melissa Chau Aff