Deena McNamara Paradigm

Last changed 15 October 2019 5:05 PM EDT

Deena R. McNamara, Esq.

UPDATED FOR FLORIDA BLUE KEY 2019

Background/Judging:

I competed in LD and policy debate in high school. In college, I competed in LD and CEDA. College LD and CEDA (back in those days) were very similar to circuit LD. Debaters used T, theory and even Ks back in those dark ages of debate. We were the pioneers who established what LD has evolved into over the last couple of decades… You're welcome?!

I have been a litigation attorney for the last 22 years. I have judged LD on and off for the last 14 years. Both of my children competed in LD. Even though my kids graduated, I have stayed involved in my local community volunteering as a judge and coaching local debaters. I believe that debate is life changing for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Although I am not an educator in the traditional sense, I view my role as the judge not only to adjudicate your round fairly and to the best of my abilities, but to teach you something that you could do better next time to enhance your skills and arguments.

I have judged at high level competitions and in out-rounds at Harvard, Yale, Emory, Bronx, NFL/NSDA nationals, CFL nationals, Florida Blue Key, Crestian Tradition, Wake Forest and many others. This is my sixth year judging at Florida Blue Key. I always familiarize myself with the topic literature prior to each tournament. For this particular topic, I have already read about thirty articles. I pay attention to every detail in the round. I can flow our case as fast as you can say it… I will keep saying clear if you are not clear. I want to hear every word that you say as it matters in the round. You will never see me on FB or playing computer games in round. It makes me very angry to see that is common practice amongst the judges on the panels that I sit on. I take the round very seriously and I even flow CX. I care about your round and will do my absolute best to judge it as fairly as possible. (By the way, please don't text in a round that I am judging until you are waiting on the RFD- thanks.)

I try to be a tabula rasa judge; however, like everyone I do have certain dislikes and preferences.

FW Debate:

If you are going to engage in a FW debate then I expect you to present a value/value criterion framework with philosophical support for the position. I am especially familiar with Kant, Ripstein, Korsgaard, Rand, Aristotle, Locke, Rawls, Rousseau, Hobbes, Mill, Bentham, and probably a few others that I cannot think of off the top of my head. I expect detailed frameworks and contention level arguments that link to the framework. You cannot win on FW alone, unless it has offense sufficient to affirm or negate the resolution.

Ks:

I like Ks when they are well-written and have an alt. I am familiar with Agamben, Butler, Baudrillard, D & G, Foucault, Hedva, Ahmed and some other random authors that I have come across since I started reading these books. Just ask me and I will let you know my level of familiarity with the arguments. If you decide to present a K, then provide me the link and alternative. It is insufficient to say, "reject Capitalism" and leave me hanging as to what happens after we reject it. On the ROTB/ROTJ args, you have to make them specific; don't just tell me that you win because you minimize oppression of minorities. Who? How? Also, please weigh your arguments against your opponent's FW or ROTB/ROTJ if they provided a different one. Don't tell me things like "they keep biting into my K" as some justification you expect to win on. Seriously- I need analysis of arguments, not just blippy responses that you think qualify as extensions or arguments against your opponent's args. If you make a blippy argument, then that is how I weigh the argument in the round- minimally. I know that your time is limited in round, especially in the 1ar, so I do take that into consideration.

Plans/CPs/DAs:

I am fine with Plans and Counterplans. Please make sure that they are sufficiently developed. Please do not read generic DAs- make sure they are relevant and specific to the argument made by your opponent.

T, theory and misc.:

I am amenable to topicality arguments as they will probably be necessary to attack cases that fail to argue the resolution as stated. (I am not a huge fan of non-T affs unless they are predictable for the topic…or you can just be topical in some way.)

Don't just run a generic T arg because you expect that I will vote on it before your opponent's case. It has to be a legit violation. You have to try to clarify in CX and CX is binding. I am fine with theory ONLY to check abuse. I am not a fan of disclosure theory because it is harder for smaller programs/lone wolf debaters to be competitive when they are prepped out by larger programs. However, I do expect the Aff to email the entire Aff before reading the 1AC and the neg to email the NC that will be read prior to reading it, etc. I do expect debaters to flash cases and evidence in round or to provide hard copies. Also, T is different from theory. If you do not know the difference, then please do not argue with me after the round. I will explain the difference to you, but I won't engage in a lengthy debate with you on it. I get my fill of arguing in Court with pain in the a$$ attorneys. I expect you to address all of your opponent’s arguments and uphold your own in each of your speeches. No new arguments are allowed in rebuttals, but extensions and refutations of ongoing arguments are encouraged. Speaking quickly/spreading is acceptable if you slow down for the tag lines and key arguments; I will yell clear. However, your arguments need to make it onto my flow. I am a flow judge, but if I cannot understand you, then I cannot evaluate your arguments. You can flash me your case, but I do not want to rely on it. Communication is critical in the round. If I am reading your document, then I am not listening to you. I can read at home… I want to hear the arguments made in round.

LD as a sport:

LD is a sport. It requires hard work and endurance. You are an LDer because you choose to be. There is no other event like it in debate.

However, LD can also be toxic for some debaters who feel excluded, marginalized or bullied. Please make sure that you are courteous to your opponent. If you are debating a novice or an inexperienced varsity debater, please do not spread like you would in an out round. Try to adapt and win on the arguments. Just be kind to them so that they do not leave the event because they feel they cannot keep up. They may not have the private coaches that you do. It is tough on the circuit when you do not have the circuit experience because your school does not travel, or you do not have the funds to travel. Some debaters are in VLD, but do not have the experience that you do. If you are the better debater and have the better case, then you will win. We want to encourage all LDers because LD is truly the best event.

Please be considerate of triggers and of past experiences that your opponent may have suffered. It is not fun to judge a round where a competitor is crying or losing their cool because of something that is happening in round. No round is worth hurting someone else to win. Plus, if you act like a total d-bag and are so disrespectful that I am angry (which takes a lot to get me angry) then you will lose and be given low speaks.

Voters and what I like to vote on:

Please give me voters. It is helpful to me as the judge to see why you thought you won the round. If I think you are wrong, then I can tell you on the ballot and you will learn from it. If you are right and I agree with you, then I can use your voters in the RFD. I tend to vote on offense and who proves the truth or falsity of the resolution. I do not have a strong preference of aff or neg so do not expect me to default neg. However, the aff's burden of proof is a bit more difficult. Just be clear on why you affirm or negate. Finally, I do not necessarily strictly follow the "layers" of debate. So if you are curious as to what I will vote on first (in terms of theory, T, Ks, etc.), please ask me in the round. I always want debaters to be clear as to how I will evaluate the round.

Pet Peeves:

Please do not say "my opponent conceded the argument" when they really did not and please do not ask me if you can use the rest of your cx as prep. The answer is obviously “no.”

Speaker points at circuit tournaments:

When I award speaker points, I judge you based on quality of arguments you made in the round, your analysis and weighing as well as CX. CX is extremely important if you want to get top speaks. (At locals, I might inflate these a bit based on the competition.)

30- you are a top seed and have not dropped a round- you were perfect!

29.5- you are a top seed, have not dropped a round- you were almost perfect!

29- you are a top seed, maybe dropped a round- did an excellent job!

28.5- you are expected to break, dropped a round- did an excellent job!

28- you are expected to break, dropped a round or two- still did an excellent job!

27.5- you are probably 4-2 and did a good job.

27- you are probably 4-2 or 3-3 and just need to work on analysis, cx or other in round skills.

26- I am glad that you are at the tournament- keep working, go to camp and stay in this event because it is the best!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R8 732 725 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 LD R8 646 604 Aff Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 5 Corner Canyon ES Hunterdon Central SS Neg Neg 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 4 Brookfield East JO Wheeling Park CI Aff Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 3 Granite Bay KV Larry A Ryle JG Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 2 Wheeling Park MF Reservoir AB Neg Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 LD 1 Collegiate PJ Kenston EJ Aff Aff 3-0
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2020-09-25 LD Octas Strake Jesuit MS North Mecklenburg PM Aff Aff 2-1
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2020-09-25 LD R6 Albuquerque LN James River MB Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2020-09-25 LD R5 Albuquerque DS Maggie L. Walker Governor's TM Neg
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition MS 2020-09-25 LD R4 Lynbrook AG Thomas Horace Rogers JW Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2020-09-25 LD R2 Our Lady of Lourdes AC Vestavia Hills RB Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD Octas Desert Vista RC Cape Fear KM Neg Neg 3-0
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD Double Cary Acad AC Woodrow Wilson KW Neg Neg 3-0
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R6 Chaminade LA Apex Friendship JS Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R5 Pembroke Pines Charter BG Helix Charter AE Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R4 Pembroke Pines Charter AV Davis SS Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R3 Milton Acad AT Apex Friendship AM Aff
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R2 Cary Acad CP Bentonville RA Neg
Duke Invitational HS 2020-09-19 VLD R1 Charlotte Latin AC Holy Trinity Episcopal PG Neg
Florida Blue Key HS 2019-11-01 VLD R5 Southlake Carroll PK Northview YS Aff
Florida Blue Key HS 2019-11-01 VLD R4 Edgewood Jr/Sr JG Evanston Twp HE Neg
Florida Blue Key HS 2019-11-01 VLD R4 Suncoast Comm JB Bishop Moore Catholic SR Aff
Florida Blue Key HS 2019-11-01 VLD R2 Hunter college (independent) SK Cypress Bay GB Aff
Florida Blue Key HS 2019-11-01 VLD R1 Plano East HN Cardinal Gibbons RS Aff
Florida Blue Key Round Robin HS 2019-10-31 LD R4 William G. Enloe TG American Heritage Plantation AD Aff Aff 2-0
Florida Blue Key Round Robin HS 2019-10-31 LD R3 American Heritage Plantation AD NSU SF Neg
Florida Blue Key Round Robin HS 2019-10-31 LD R2 Blair AC American Heritage Plantation AD Neg Neg 2-0
Florida Blue Key Round Robin HS 2019-10-31 LD R1 Newsome DB Lake Highland Prep MC Aff
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD Semis 3043 3190 Neg Neg 5-0
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD Octo 3026 3037 Neg Neg 2-1
Grand Nationals 2017-05-27 LD R4 3108 3129 Neg Neg 3-0
Grand Nationals 2017-05-27 LD R4 3054 3127 Neg Aff 2-1
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD R3 3184 3189 Neg Aff 2-1
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD R3 3100 3063 Neg Neg 2-1
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD R2 3158 3153 Neg Neg 2-1
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD R2 3156 3020 Neg Aff 2-1
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD R1 3203 3003 Neg Neg 2-1
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD R1 3068 3009 Aff Aff 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD WAU Harrison MZ Christopher Columbus JN Neg Neg 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R5 Georgetown Day JL Albuquerque HB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R4 Laurel Christian SH American Heritage Delray EM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R4 King AK West Broward AC Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 LD R3 Hattiesburg OS American Heritage Delray AD Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 LD Double Success Academy SC Hendrick Hudson MG Neg Aff 2-1
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 LD R7 Albany Academies CO Harrison CS Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 LD R7 Scarsdale SB Cypress Bay VS Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 LD R5 Harrison CW George Washington CO CB Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 VLD Double West Des Moines Valley BG Success Academy SC Neg Neg 3-0
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 VLD Runoff Mountain View DZ Hendrick Hudson MG Neg Aff 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2016-09-16 VLD Rd 6 Nueva JT Hampton AK Aff
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 LD Double Hendrick Hudson MG Cary CF Aff Aff 3-0
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 LD Double Riverside JMc Cary SM Aff Neg 2-1
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 LD R6 Hendrick Hudson MG East Chapel Hill AM Aff
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 LD R6 Gilmour SW Cary CF Aff
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 LD R5 Thomas Jefferson HSST AS Myers Park BM Aff
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 LD R5 Thomas Jefferson HSST YC DuPont Manual GS Aff
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 LD R1 Thomas Jefferson HSST SG Marriotts Ridge MP Neg
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 LD R1 Thomas Jefferson HSST RK Carolina Day AA Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 VLD R6 North Allegheny JZ
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 VLD R5 Hunter MF
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 VLD R5 McDowell DS West Des Moines Valley CR Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 VLD R4 Valor Christian AJ Champlin Park DN Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 VLD R2 Byron Nelson VI Roeper EB Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 VLD R1 Park Tudor PP Cypress Woods JD Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 VLD R1 Boca Raton Community BF Cypress Woods CJ Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R3 American Heritage Plantation CB Mountain Brook JW Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R1 American Heritage Plantation DM Unionville DH Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 LD R1 Hawken LF
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD Octa Byram Hills AG Harrison CS Neg Aff 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD Double Byram Hills AG Lexington AA Aff Aff 3-0
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 JVLD Double Stuyvesant KL Lake Highland Prep HK Aff Neg 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD Rd 6 Trinity Prep MP Byram Hills JB Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R4 Harrison AE Heights WD Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R2 Harrison EE Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches BK Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R2 North Allegheny Senior KD Harvard-Westlake LM Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R1 Harrison KK North Allegheny Senior JZ Aff
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 VLD R1 Harrison MZ Unionville RS Aff
CBI Camp Tournament 2015-07-02 LD Quarte Chy GJ Fried JY Neg Neg 3-0
CBI Camp Tournament 2015-07-02 LD R5 Fried MB Ave AD Neg
CBI Camp Tournament 2015-07-02 LD R4 Chy IO Shatzkin WW Neg
CBI Camp Tournament 2015-07-02 LD R3 Ave BM Fried JC Aff
CBI Camp Tournament 2015-07-02 LD R2 Fried JY Ave CF Aff
CBI Camp Tournament 2015-07-02 LD R1 Fried MC Shatzkin QH Neg
CBI Camp Tournament 2015-07-02 LD R1 Ave CL Chy DB Aff