Jacob Shelton Paradigm

Last changed 3/13 10:47P EDT

Chattahoochee High School 2015
University of Michigan 2019
Assistant Coach --- Wayzata High School (2015-Present)

Personal Information

I debated for four years at Chattahoochee High School on the national circuit, and three-ish years at the University of Michigan. As a debater, most of my experience involved reading policy-oriented arguments (my most frequent 2NRs included DA/Case or DA/CP strategies, T, and the Security K). As a judge, I've voted for arguments at pretty much every point on the argumentative spectrum. Judging is a privilege, and I'll work hard to make the best decision I possibly can.

Thoughts About Debate

I reward smart debaters who control the spin of the debate with quick, technical comparisons and intuitive analytics because, as a debater, I've always disliked judges that I felt were overly interventionist or reppy. I penalize debaters who tell me to "read 'X' flaming hot card" instead of comparatively explaining its warrants during their speeches. It's your job to make arguments within the debate, not mine to do so during the RFD.

With that said, I (like all judges) have some personal preferences about specific arguments that are likely to shape my decisions at the margins:

Counterplans: Obviously I prefer them to be specific, but I'm better than most judges for process CPs because most affirmative teams are bad at contesting their theoretical legitimacy or competitiveness.

DA/Case Debate: It's your job as debaters to tell me how I should weigh different components of these debates. Is winning the link more important than winning uniqueness? How does turns case analysis impact aff solvency? The team that better responds to these kinds of general framing questions within their speeches tends to be the one I end up voting for in close rounds.
Well-developed case defense is an incredibly under-utilized weapon, especially when people read bad affs that can be beaten with logical analytics.

Kritiks: The best critique debaters I've seen contextualize their links to the specificity of the aff and it's advantages and don't rely on random dropped K tricks. When I was asked "how far left is too far left" before a debate, my response was "if you can't explain your argument in a coherent fashion, you've gone too far". Take that as you will.

Theory: The most likely theoretical violation to result in me rejecting the team is conditionality. Many theory debates are difficult to adjudicate because they lack impact analysis. Explain why what your opponents have done is a reason to reject the team and explain the consequences of not doing so in a persuasive manner. I'm not likely to vote on blippy theory arguments like vague alts or multiple perms that are minimally articulated early in the debate, but these are useful as reasons to reject arguments.

Topicality: I generally default to competing interpretations. Many 2N's lack impact analysis or comparison between interpretations, which makes general aff arguments for their interpretation relatively convincing. Caselists for your interpretation and your opponent's are useful for helping me conceptualize and compare competing visions of the topic.

Planless Affirmatives: My voting record reflects a fairly even split of aff and neg ballots in framework debates, which some may find surprising given my personal inclinations towards reading plans and defending American hegemony. Maybe this just means teams are really bad at going for framework, but I hope it's more of a reflection of the fact that I care a lot more about what you say in the round than what I personally believe. Teams that win these debates in front of me tend to control the overarching framing of the round --- while technical debate is important, don't miss the forest for the trees. Impact-wise, procedural fairness has historically been more successful in front of me than skills and education-based arguments, but it requires better defense given the inherently smaller scale of the impact.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R5 Greenhill KR Niles North LI Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R3 Whitney Young MO Strath Haven DP Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R2 New Trier EK Strath Haven LZ Aff
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF Quarte Glenbrook South GS North Broward Prep MR Neg Neg on a 3-0
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF Octos North Broward Prep MR Glenbrook North KP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R6 North Broward Prep MR Greenhill EA Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R4 Payton Independent LA Montgomery Bell MR Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R1 USN CK Glenbrook North KP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Final Montgomery Bell BH New Trier AK Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Semis Glenbrook North KP New Trier AK Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX Semis Westminster BW Casady WH Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Double Montgomery Bell BH Whitney Young OM Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Pine Crest Prep CD Whitney Young OM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Walter Payton VK Glenbrook North JR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R5 Glenbrook North PT Mamaroneck MM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Niles West PS Glenbrook South LG Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R3 Carrollton Sacred Heart DP Alpharetta HS SJ Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Traverse City Central FO Glenbrook North JK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Lane Tech CG Glenbrook South DS Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 CX R6 Blue Valley Southwest HH Rowland Hall PS Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 CX R1 Cypress Bay KK Lindale DW Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R7 Westwood GN Iowa City West JW Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R3 Iowa City West TK Montgomery Bell GH Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R1 Desert Vista AW Blue Valley Southwest LK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX Semis North Broward Prep MR Montgomery Bell GH Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX Quarte Montgomery Bell BJ Glenbrook North FF Neg Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX Octos Niles West GS Iowa City West JW Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R7 Chicago Lab AN Westminster KS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R6 Iowa City West JW Glenbrook North KR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R5 Montgomery Bell RH Niles West BF Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R4 Glenbrook South BF Montgomery Bell ZK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R3 Montgomery Bell DF Iowa City West KT Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R2 Whitney Young JT Westminster MG Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 Semifi Greenhill Hurst & Zhang Niles West Waters & Kim Neg Neg on a 5-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 Quarte USN Mehta & Mehta Carrollton Garity & Jugo Aff Aff on a 4-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 Octafi Johns Creek Shen & Di Niles West Waters & Kim Neg Neg on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 R6 Carrollton Garity & Jugo Alpharetta Bokil & Moodley Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX2 R5 Cross Keys Perdomo & Korir Chicago Lab Schools Liao & Padhi Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX2 R1 Jesuit CP Madden & Weigman Niles West Bender & Chikko Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL ADW Meadows BN Kinkaid BR Aff Neg on a 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R5 Kinkaid BR Harker JW Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R4 Cypress Bay KK Caddo Magnet KP Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R3 Madison Central OW Westminster DG Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R2 Baltimore City EY Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R1 Cypress Bay MF Montgomery Bell BH Neg
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Octas St. Mark's School of Texas WV Head Royce CD Neg Aff on a 2-1
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Dbls Traverse City Central FM Blue Valley Southwest LK Neg Aff on a 2-1
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 6 Montgomery Bell CJ Blue Valley Southwest ZF Aff
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 5 Niles West BC Juan Diego Catholic BM Neg
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 4 Niles West AM Walter Payton CP MW Neg
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 3 Niles West SS Kinkaid HK Aff
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 2 Marquette University DW Niles West CB Neg
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 1 Whitney M. Young Magnet FS Niles West FK Aff
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL CBQtrs MS Harrington & Bradford PT Rengarajan & Yeddulaa Neg Aff on a 2-1
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL Dubs BFHLR Mnushkin & Jacobs HJPPV Krishnamurthy & Trepka Aff Aff on a 3-0
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R6 HJPPV Kaplan & Barton BFHLR Levin & Bates Neg
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R5 CPPRW Croitoru & Taro MS Nekritz & D'Agaro Aff
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R4 MP Li & Si FFRSV Silverstein & Ye Neg
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R3 BFHLR Brannen & Kuang MML Wicklander & Boland Aff
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R2 FFRSV Allums & Fry HJPPV Khambati & Grimsley Aff
Michigan National Debate Institute Summer Camp 7/28/2016 POL R1 AKKMM Gaber & Cole FFRSV Ernst & Xue Neg
Emory National Debate Institute 6/16/2016 ENDI R6 He-Ma-We Reis & Barrow Schi-Lo Simic & Karp Neg
Emory National Debate Institute 6/16/2016 ENDI R5 Do-Wa Pabaraju & Winkler He-Ma-We Kadin & Watson Neg
Emory National Debate Institute 6/16/2016 ENDI R4 Ba-Ma Palmar & Heck He-Ma-We Dai & Key Aff
Emory National Debate Institute 6/16/2016 ENDI R3 Ba-Bu Collins & Chough Do-Wa Tran & Sowder Neg
Emory National Debate Institute 6/16/2016 ENDI R2 Schi-Lo/Ba-Ma Choudhoury & Kan Do-Wa/Schi-Lo Piplani & Puri Neg
Emory National Debate Institute 6/16/2016 ENDI R1 Schi-Lo Fearon & Shen Do-Wa Tivikaran & Pio Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/9/2016 POL R4 Woodward PB Georgetown Day SK Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/9/2016 POL R3 Niles West GG Georgetown Day BQ Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/9/2016 POL R1 Montgomery Bell KR Skyline AA Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 CX Semifi Calhoun BK Woodward AS Neg Neg on a 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 CX Quarte Milton HH Alpharetta KK Neg Aff on a 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 LD Octofi Henry W. Grady GB Grovetown NS Aff Aff on a 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 CX R5 Milton HH Woodward BP Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 LD R5 Grovetown NS Valdosta WT Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 CX R3 Alpharetta KK Northview BK Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 CX R2 Woodward AS Milton FM Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 CX R1 Alpharetta KG Woodward AH Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX Double Millard North SB Central Catholic MW Neg Aff on a 2-1
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JV CX R6 North Star Academy DY Brooklyn Technical Le Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX R6 Montgomery Bell CJ Wylie SM Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 JV CX R5 Kingwood DM Bronx Science IN Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VCX R1 Lexington SM Bishop Guertin KV Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Sems Westminster Schools GH Alpharetta KK Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Quar Montgomery Bell KH Westminster Schools GH Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Octs Alpharetta KK Montgomery Bell GJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Northview BZ Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Montgomery Bell KH Johns Creek LZ Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R7 George Washington AC West PM Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R5 Lexington CD Westminster Schools CB Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R4 Law Magnet JG Lexington LM Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R3 Westminster Schools CK Montgomery Bell RK Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R1 Westminster Schools DH Lindblom Math & Science TH Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX Semis Blake SW Little Rock Central WW Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX Quarte Glenbrook South RS Westminster Schools CK Neg Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 NCX Quarte Carrollton Sacred Heart DD New Trier BE Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX Double Iowa City West TR Westminster Schools CK Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R7 Alpharetta KK Neenah DD Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R6 Montgomery Bell KR Glenbrook South RS Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R5 West Bloomfield AN Johns Creek LR Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R4 Glenbrook South KB Carrollton Sacred Heart CP Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R3 Niles West SBe Glenbrook South BG Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R2 University Prep CM Montgomery Bell YZ Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R1 Niles West CB Carrollton Sacred Heart PT Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX1 Octafi Montgomery Bell Barton & Lee Westminster Schools Boggs & Daftari Neg Neg on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX2 Round Jesuit CP Cobler & Valdez Greenhill Kuang & Subramanian Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX1 Round Johns Creek Wadhawani & Sharma Northview Juneja & Motla Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX1 Round Greenhill Grimsley & Ravi Marist Elledge & Zach Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/20/2015 CX2 Round Paideia Alexandrov & Harrington Alpharetta Kim & Madhavan Neg