Allen Kim Paradigm

Last changed 13 March 2021 11:24 AM PDT

Current affiliations: Leland || he series || Rounds on CJR topic: 44

Yes, put me on email chains: allenkim.debate@gmail.com

Top-level:

1. Do what you do best... Although I've never had a big name or the most experience in debate, I've engaged a lot of the literature bases it has to offer, from reading exclusively Policy Affs at the start of high school to performing Asian identity Affs towards the end of high school/in college and giving lectures on pomo stuff as a coach. At a bare minimum, I will be able to follow a grand majority of debates.

2. ...but write my ballot for me. Judge intervention is annoying for everyone; the best debaters in my opinion are those that identify the nexus questions of the debate early on and use where they are ahead to tell me how to resolve those points in their favor. That involves smart comparative work, persuasive overviews, incorporation of warrants, etc. that I can use as direct quotes for a RFD in your favor.

3. Speed is fine, but in the words of Jarrod Atchison, spreading is the number of ideas, not words, communicated per minute. I will say clear twice per speech and then stop flowing if it remains unclear.

4. On CX: I'll flow portions I think are important. Tag-team is fine, but monopolization is not. Asking if your opponent did/did not read a piece of evidence is definitionally a cross-examination question and must be done during CX or prep.

Specifics —

Policy Affs - Great. I love a detailed case debate and will reward teams that engage in one.

T vs. Policy Affs - Love it, but if it's obvious you read your generic T shell solely as an effort to sap time, it loses most of its persuasive value for me. Specific and well explained violations and standards are key; why should I vote for you on T when I don't understand why your model of debate is better? Be creative with your interpretations!

I find myself about 60-40 partial to competing interpretations.

CPs - The block/2NR should hammer home a convincing internal/external net benefit(s) and, preferably, specific Solvency deficits to the Aff that the CP resolves. The threshold for me voting for a CP decreases based on how well it competes and the presence of detailed reasoning as to why I should prefer it to the plan and perms. Generally, however, I think that CPs that could result in the implementation of the plan (i.e. consult, delay, process) are probably abusive, which makes me more conducive to theory arguments here. These biases are far from absolute, but you should be aware of them.

Two smaller things: 1) I think Aff teams let Neg teams get away with too much with sufficiency framing and should aggressively defend alternatives like competing advocacies, and 2) I tend not to judge kick, you need to win condo and flag otherwise if needed.

DAs - I dig go-ham OVs with smart, in-depth sequencing/turns case arguments that decisively win that the DA outweighs the case (and vice versa). The link story and the internal link chain are the most important for me; the more specific your link evidence, the better. Zero risk is possible.

I'd love if more Aff teams were bold enough to link/impact turn DAs, it certainly makes for more interesting debates than four minute UQ walls.

The K - Explain the link and alt story well. The least meaningful debates here are when one side goes on and on about the intricacies of their lit base without ever meaningfully engaging the Aff; you're debating, not writing a dissertation. I appreciate 2NCs that demonstrate in-depth understanding of their literature base AND do a good job connecting it directly to the form/content of the Aff; to this end, I'm a big fan of references to/direct quotes from Affirmative speeches and CX to contextualize the link debate. You can ask me before the round/email me on my familiarity with specific literature bases.

Be honest about how long your overview is (don't be afraid to ask for another sheet for it), and if your overview is any longer than three minutes, I'd highly recommend checking if you could move some of the analytical work to the line-by-line.

K Affs - Ambivalence is a good word to describe my thoughts here. I think that debate is a game with pedagogical benefits and epistemological consequences, and that Affirmatives should be in the direction of the resolution/provide a reasonable window for Negative engagement. What that means or where the bright-lines are, I'm not entirely sure. Subjects of the resolution and even debate itself may have insidious underpinnings, but I need to understand what voting for the advocacy/performance (if applicable) does about the state of those issues. As a judge, I find myself asking more questions than before about what my ballot actually does; providing the answers through ROB analysis and explanations of the Aff's theory will serve you well.

FW vs. K Affs - Despite what I said above might imply, I love FW debates, especially those that come down to comparing models of education. I think I'm a better judge for skills and SSD-based impacts than for procedural ones like fairness, partly because these procedural impacts are almost always described as vague "intrinsic goods" that I have a more difficult time evaluating than tangible shifts in what debaters get out of the activity. Collapse to a couple of your best external net benefits in the 2NR and do comparative impact work between these and the 1AR, e.g. by impacting out advocacy skills as giving debaters the tools to create movements in the direction of the Aff. Don't get too defensive no matter how hard they push you.

Not all rounds have to have a TVA. Know when you should have one and when you should not.

Theory - In general, I have a relatively high threshold for rejecting the team; this doesn't mean I won't vote on theory, it just means that I want you to do the work. There should be be ample analysis on how they justify an unnecessarily abusive model of debate with examples/impacted out standards.

I don't have any specific biases either way on the condo debate. I'd strongly prefer if interpretations were not obviously self-serving (e.g. "we get five condo" because you read five conditional off this particular round); while I understand this is at times an inevitability, it is also not the best way to make a first impression for your shell.

Specific arguments I dislike - New Affs bad, non-falsifiable arguments that cite something from outside the round, Idso, arguments based on personal insults/xenophobia (racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQIA+ language, etc.)

Lay - If judging at a California league tournament/a lay tournament of equivalence, I'll do my best to judge debates from a parent judge perspective unless both teams agree to a circuit-style debate. Offense-defense is probably easier for Affirmatives, and stock issues are probably easier for Negatives.

If you get me on a panel and some of the other judges are parents/inexperienced, PLEASE don’t go full speed with a super complicated "circuit" strategy. It’s important that all the judges are able to engage in the debate and render decisions for themselves based on the arguments presented; if they miss those arguments because you’re going 700 WPM or because they don’t know who this Deleuze person is, you are deliberately excluding them from the debate, which is disrespectful no matter how inexperienced they may be. I’ll still be able to make decisions based off your impact framing and explanations, so cater to the judges who may not understand rather than me.


Last thing: please be respectful of one another. I hate having to watch debates where CX devolves into pettiness and debaters are just being toxic. I will reward good humor and general maturity. Have fun :)

If your name is Hannah Lee and you are reading this, you are amazing, have a nice day

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 CX R5 Chesterton JV Truman AB Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 CX R4 McDonogh WM Westwood KS Aff Aff 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 CX R3 Brookfield East RS McPherson HS Neg Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 CX R2 Murrah WM Lincoln MT Neg Neg 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 CX R1 Truman SW Solorio LB Aff Aff 3-0
CFL State Quals Debate HS 2021-03-05 LD R5 AM Taran Kondamuru BD Sahana Chandramohan Aff Aff 2-0
CFL State Quals Debate HS 2021-03-05 LD R5 AA Meena Narayanaswami AT Lindsey Steel Aff Aff 2-0
CFL State Quals Debate HS 2021-03-05 LD R4 AS Anagha Rajesh AT Josh Sanyal Aff
CFL State Quals Debate HS 2021-03-05 LD R4 AA Noah Holbrook BG Ananya Bharathapudi Aff Aff 2-0
CFL State Quals Debate HS 2021-03-05 PF R3 AZ Hand & Roman AM Bhattacharyya & Shen CON CON 2-0
CFL State Quals Debate HS 2021-03-05 PF R3 AK Chawla & Vu BL Nguyen & Nayak PRO
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX Octas Interlake CF Gunn OS Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX Double Bellarmine IG Minneapolis South CC Neg Neg 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX Triple Bellarmine MT Shark RW Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R6 College Prep CL Shark LH Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R4 Bellarmine SJ Gunn OS Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R3 Ferris CM Branson BN Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R2 Bellarmine KW Chaminade BV Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R1 Lewis and Clark SC Carmel Valley Independent LR Neg
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-T Quarte Archbishop Mitty DR Bellarmine HM Neg Neg 3-0
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-T R6 College Prep KS Head-Royce RK Neg
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-T R5 Bellarmine IG Archbishop Mitty BK Aff
35th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2021-02-06 CX-T R2 Head-Royce AC College Prep LM Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX Quarte SMSOT AP Barsto LS Neg Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX Octos Barsto OS Kinkai LT Aff Aff 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Double Garfie PT Shark JB Neg Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R5 Garfie PT Elkins JL Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R4 LanTec NP Grace PN Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R3 SMSOT DM Greenh KO Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R2 LanCre SN Greenh LJ Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R1 Elkins GM Shark SQ Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2021-01-08 VCX QF Bellarmine IG Kent Denver AH Aff Aff 3-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2021-01-08 VCX Dubs West HS SLC PS Archbishop Mitty DR Neg Neg 3-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2021-01-08 VCX R5 James Logan SR Kent Denver CM Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2021-01-08 VCX R3 Archbishop Mitty DR Gunn OS Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2021-01-08 VCX R2 Young Genius, Bay Area PC Kent Denver TW Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2021-01-08 VCX R1 ADL CC Sonoma JM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-N R7 ADL YC Smelko Debate LD Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-V R4 Garfield PT Eagan LS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-N R2 Niles West FC Glenbrook North GY Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 JVCX S Washburn Rural BK Blue Valley Northwest IS Neg Neg 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R6 Little Rock Central KP Iowa City West SB Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 NCX R4 Barstow PG Univ Of Chicago Lab SK Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R1 West HS SLC SW Blue Valley West WB Aff
CFL Super Debate 1 HS 2020-10-18 OPO R4 BT Pabbathi & Panjwani AZ Jain & Stennis Aff
CFL Super Debate 1 HS 2020-10-18 OPO R3 AD Kher & Bhadani AZ Manens & Talur Neg
CFL Super Debate 1 HS 2020-10-18 OPO R2 BK Park & Sri-kumeran AZ Shabbeer & Budhia Neg
CFL Super Debate 1 HS 2020-10-18 OPO R1 AZ Pandey & Sunil BC Meng & Xuan Neg
BAUDL Season Opener HS 2020-10-17 VCX Rd2 Oakland Military Institute BS Oakland Tech QA Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX Octo Chaminade BK Interlake PQ Neg Aff 2-1
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX Doub Bellarmine TM Gunn AS Aff Aff 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R6 Gunn AS Archbishop Mitty DR Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 JVCX R5 CK McClatchy BS Notre Dame GM Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R4 CK McClatchy BG Cypress Bay LL Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R3 Shark RW Chaminade BK Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R2 ADL BW Leon Goldstein HB Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2020-09-19 O CX R1 James Logan BM Damien DH Aff
Niles Township Invitational HS 2020-09-11 VCX R6 Silver Creek TZ New Trier RW Neg
Niles Township Invitational HS 2020-09-11 VCX R5 Damien AL New Trier GS Aff
Niles Township Invitational HS 2020-09-11 VCX R4 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DB Winston Churchill DS Aff
Niles Township Invitational HS 2020-09-11 VCX R3 Damien BH Walter Payton WS Neg
Debate for Change HS 2020-06-19 CX R2 CypBay KF LelBL LB Neg
Debate for Change HS 2020-06-19 CX R1 Johm SD WhaBei LT Neg
MVLA Shutdown Showdown HS 2020-05-23 POL R4 Leland OZ Leland SG Neg
CFL CXParli State Quals Leland HS 2020-02-28 CX Elim 1 AT Shirts & Olshen BA Reynolds & Gaviola AFF NEG 2-1
CFL CXParli State Quals Leland HS 2020-02-28 CX R5 AT Liang & Parulekar BA Budhia & Juneja NEG NEG 2-0
CFL CXParli State Quals Leland HS 2020-02-28 CX R4 BA Shabbeer & Talur AT Valame & Siemsgluess AFF AFF 2-0
CFL CXParli State Quals Leland HS 2020-02-28 CX R3 AX Jain & Randhawa BA Bhau & Vemulapalli NEG
CFL CXParli State Quals Leland HS 2020-02-28 CX R2 AH Keosaksith & Choksi BA Thompson & Narang NEG NEG 2-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VCX R6 Coppell DR Damien BT Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VCX R5 Peninsula DS Lowell ST Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2020-02-15 VCX R4 Bellarmine HM Lowell YR Aff
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R3 Kamiak KE Archbishop Mitty AP Neg
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R2 Georgetown Day NW Interlake HS Unaffiliated FC Neg
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VCX R1 Harker PA Silver Creek KR Aff
Aaron Thomas Memorial Mission High HS 2020-02-01 Var R4 KIPP SF VR Oakland Tech CM Neg
Aaron Thomas Memorial Mission High HS 2020-02-01 Var R3 Oakland Tech CA Wallenberg Traditional CF Neg
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2020-01-17 CX R2 Archbishop Mitty LN James Logan RS Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VCX Dubs Meadows NY Gunn SA Aff Aff 3-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VCX R6 Green Valley KM Northridge GS Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VCX R5 Rowland Hall AP Kent Denver LK Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VCX R4 Bellarmine CD Copper Hills LV Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VCX R3 College Prep RT Kent Denver HS Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VCX R2 Gunn ML Meadows NY Neg
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VCX R1 Northridge SS Kent Denver SH Neg
CFL SuperDebate 1 Milpitas HS 2019-10-20 OPO R2 AX Talur & Shabbeer AA Aggarwal & Patwa Neg
CFL SuperDebate 1 Milpitas HS 2019-10-20 OPO R1 AX Kumar & Wood AA Bharadwaj & Paun Neg
2019 Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2019-09-21 O CX R5 Interlake PT Green Valley SL Neg
2019 Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2019-09-21 O CX R4 SLC West RG Interlake NC Aff
CFL PolicyParli State Quals Leland HS 2019-03-01 CX R5 E Tran & Verma AA Yeddula & Kudaravalli Neg Neg 2-0
CFL PolicyParli State Quals Leland HS 2019-03-01 CX R4 AA Nguyen & Nguyen C Parulekar & Cheng Neg Neg 2-0
CFL PolicyParli State Quals Leland HS 2019-03-01 CX R3 E Jain & Singamsetty AA Fermin & Funk Aff
CFL PolicyParli State Quals Leland HS 2019-03-01 CX R2 AA Koruga & Jandhyala A Patwa & Aggarwal Neg Neg 2-0
CFL PolicyParli State Quals Leland HS 2019-03-01 CX R1 E Vo & Randhawa AA Vergho & Rengarajan Neg Neg 2-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2019-02-09 VCX R6 Harker SB Archbishop Mitty DR Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2019-02-09 VCX R5 Archbishop Mitty SU Crescenta Valley LP Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2019-02-09 VCX R4 Harker LM Presentation NG Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2019-02-09 VCX R3 Archbishop Mitty BP Bellarmine College Prep VR Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2019-02-09 VCX R2 Prosper WK Miramonte Independent JL Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2019-02-09 VCX R1 Harker VJ Prosper RW Neg
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2019-01-19 CCX Semis Archbishop Mitty PB Sonoma HN Neg Neg 3-0
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2019-01-19 CCXN Finals Sonoma Academy MJ College Prep BK Neg Neg 2-1
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2019-01-19 CCXN R5 College Prep PC Sonoma Academy HR Neg
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2019-01-19 CCXN R4 College Prep BK Sonoma Academy HR Aff
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2019-01-19 CCX R3 Sonoma CP Davis LG Neg
James Logan Martin Luther King Jr Invitational HS 2019-01-19 CCXN R1 Sonoma Academy SM College Prep PC Aff
CFL PolicyParli 1 Los Gatos HS 2018-11-04 CX R2 AR Pariti & Satish BB Zeman & Litinsky Neg
CFL PolicyParli 1 Los Gatos HS 2018-11-04 CX R1 AG Chaudhry & Chaudhry BB Chardos & Almeida Neg
8th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational HS 2018-09-15 Pol Semis Dougherty Valley MD Bellarmine College Prep MH Neg Aff 2-1
8th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational HS 2018-09-15 Pol Quarte Bellarmine College Prep MH Dougherty Valley NB Aff Aff 3-0
8th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational HS 2018-09-15 Pol R5 Silver Creek VR Sonoma EH Neg
8th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational HS 2018-09-15 Pol R4 Bellarmine College Prep MH Dougherty Valley ZT Aff
8th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational HS 2018-09-15 Pol R3 Sonoma HaNa Bellarmine College Prep FU Aff
8th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational HS 2018-09-15 Pol R2 Dougherty Valley ZT CK McClatchy RP Neg
8th Annual Robert Garcia Invitational HS 2018-09-15 Pol R1 Dougherty Valley MD Kipp San Jose Collegiate NH Aff
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational HS 2017-11-17 POLN Quar Oakland Tech MT CK McClatchy WC Neg Neg 3-0
CFL NOVICE DEBATE WASHINGTON HS 2015-12-06 CX R3 AB Tran & Yeddula AK Hamilton & Jiang Aff
CFL NOVICE DEBATE WASHINGTON HS 2015-12-06 CX R2 AB Athreya & Konda AZ Gulrajani & Namineni Neg
CFL NOVICE DEBATE WASHINGTON HS 2015-12-06 CX R1 AP Jackson & Valencia AB Vergho & Shabany Neg