Kevin Lu Paradigm

Last changed 3/14 2:14P EST

Lexington High School Class of 2018

I did 4 years of policy debate in high school.

Put me on the email chain: klu609@gmail.com

General

Tech>Truth

I will vote on any argument as long as it is defended well

I appreciate good case debate

I am not well versed in the immigration topic, so you'll probably need to do a little more explaining on topic specific things (especially T)

Top speed is not always useful if you're not clear or efficient

Don't clip and don't steal prep.

Don't be rude of disrespectful to your opponents, partner, or me

Thoughts about LD:

I don't really understand Kant, and most other things that don't exist in policy that do in LD. Take that as you will. If you do try to go for something that I don't really know about please EXPLAIN it more than you would to most other judges. I tend to not vote on theory unless your opponent is actually abusive or it's just dropped (i.e. I will probably not vote on random theory arguments you throw in the NC to waste time).

Specifics

KAffs/Framework - This is what everyone reads paradigms for so I'm putting this first. I read a K aff my junior year but also frequently went for framework so I've been on both sides of the debate. I really enjoy listening to a good clash of civs debate especially when impact calc is done on both sides. I think K affs can be strategic if deployed correctly. I prefer K affs that have some link to the topic, the stronger the better. I also prefer affirmatives that actually defend something. This can involve in round and/or out of round solvency but must be explained to the degree I think that the aff is a good idea.

Especially in clash of civs debates, I find that a lot of k aff teams aren't as proficient on the nitty gritty of the line by line, and thus get punished because they don't answer the nuances of the negatives arguments and spend more time focusing on the warrants of their impact turn. While winning your offensive arguments are important, generic answers to specific negative arguments is never a winning strategy. Additionally, counterinterpretations that set limits on the topic and avoids negative offense are very cool.

On the negative, I find that fairness is often the most persuasive impact 90% of the time. Arguments like predictable limits and ground are also especially persuasive to me. That being said, I do also think skills arguments can be persuasive, especially if they are used to internal link turn affirmative solvency/skills claims. Do it on the negative and topical versions of the aff are also very important pieces of defense that I think should be in most debates. Impact calc is very important. I find that in many debates when framework teams lose to a k aff, it is because there is not enough comparative impact calc done by the negative. This includes telling me why a more limited topic is preferable, EVEN if it may limit out more affs/be slightly more exclusionary.

Ks - I think a good K debate can be fun. I ran some Ks in high school, but my knowledge is mostly limited to setcol, positive peace/security, afropessimism and neolib. Outside of that I probably understand K lit a lot less than you so there is a higher burden on you to explain why your arguments are true and how it interacts with the aff. Links should be well explained and contextualized to the affirmative, not just prewritten blocks that you read every round. Each link should also have a clear impact to it. I also believe that a K should have an alternative that solves the impacts of the K (and link arguments if you're going for a PIK), otherwise the K is just a non-unique DA.

T - I default competing interpretations unless persuaded otherwise. Otherwise do what you want on T.

DAs - I like a good DA debate. Aff specific DAs are probably better but I'm never opposed to a good generic DA which you can spin to link it to the aff. Rehighlighting evidence on both sides in a DA debate is awesome. Smart analytics are good too, especially when a DA is just logically silly. Turns case is very important from both teams, and so is answering them. I find a lot of the time, one team fails to do so and it makes it very hard to vote for them.

CPs - I'm open to anything on this front. I do prefer counterplans with a solvency advocates and well articulated netbenefits. I'll evaluate any CP as long as you can win it's theoretically legit. That being said, I do lean aff on international fiat, process cps, word pics, and 2NC cps, and negative on most other theory arguments against counterplans.

Condo - I think 3 condo is ok, 4 is pushing it but this is all up for debate.

Miscellaneous Things

>29.5 for using less than 30 seconds of prep total

+0.1 speaks for any GOOD jokes about Rajeev Raghavan, Matthew Tan, Chris Jun, Eric Deng, Michelle Li, or Pacy Yan

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX Semifi Dowling Catholic WH Edgemont SS Neg Neg on a 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX Quarte Brooklyn Technical AW Edgemont SS Neg Neg on a 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX Octofi Stuyvesant RH Edgemont SS Neg Neg on a 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R6 Strath Haven WW Leon Goldstein SD Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R5 Isidore Newman HD Edgemont SS Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R4 Stuyvesant RH George Washington RH Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R3 Edgemont JM Stuyvesant CN Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R2 McDonogh JT Brooklyn Technical BH Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R1 Mamaroneck BL Edgemont FP Aff
NYCFL Grand Tournament 3/16/2019 LD R2 Harrison RA Regis TB Neg Neg on a 2-0
NYCFL Grand Tournament 3/16/2019 LD R1 Harrison AZ Regis CA Aff Aff on a 2-0
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVCX Octafi Dripping Springs MC Thomas Jefferson HSST HT Neg Neg on a 3-0
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VCX Dbls Edgemont SS Thomas Jefferson HSST KV Aff Aff on a 3-0
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVCX R7 Thomas Jefferson HSST HT Dripping Springs MC Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVCX R6 McDowell ZS Thomas Jefferson HSST BY Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VCX R5 Thomas Jefferson HSST KV Berkeley Prep KK Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VCX R4 Liberal Arts and Science IJ Reagan GP Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VCX R3 St. Andrew's Episcopal JL Unionville AP Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VCX R2 New Mission HS/BCLA/ACC DP Liberal Arts and Science GR Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VCX R1 Edgemont SS Stuyvesant LW Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX Octos Kinkaid KH Stuyvesant FC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX R4 Strath Haven SW Univ Of Chicago Lab KC Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX R3 North Broward Prep FG Peninsula LL Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX R2 North Broward Prep MR McDowell LK Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX R1 Strath Haven LZ Boston Latin TF Aff
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS 11/29/2018 Open Quarte Thomas Jefferson HSST MD Strath Haven DP Neg Neg on a 3-0
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS 11/29/2018 Open Octafi Strath Haven DP Stuyvesant NA Aff Aff on a 3-0
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS 11/29/2018 Open R6 Stuyvesant WL Dr Izquierdo Health and Science Charter RP Aff
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS 11/29/2018 Open R5 Bronx HS Of Science CM Thomas Jefferson HSST BY Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS 11/29/2018 Open R4 Columbia Heights EC DC Unionville AP Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS 11/29/2018 Open R3 Leon M. Goldstein PH Thomas Jefferson HSST TK Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS 11/29/2018 Open R2 Ridge GS Strath Haven LZ Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX Semis Pine Crest Prep PM Georgetown Day BS Aff Neg on a 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX Quarte Stuyvesant HC Berkeley Prep KZ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX Octos Nashua HS South KA Pine Crest Prep RK Neg Neg on a 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX R6 Baltimore City PS Georgetown Day BS Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX R5 Brooklyn Technical AT Georgetown Day JD Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX R4 Edgemont SJ Mamaroneck LF Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX R3 Newark Tech BN Stuyvesant RH Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX R2 Cathedral Prep OS Boston Latin AT Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/13/2018 NCX R1 Leon M. Goldstein KK Newark Tech GT Aff
NY Fall Face Off at Mamaroneck HS 12/3/2016 Nov Quarte Brooklyn Technical WT Stuyvesant AC Neg Neg on a 3-0
NY Fall Face Off at Mamaroneck HS 12/3/2016 Nov R5 Baltimore City CB Mamaroneck KS Aff
NY Fall Face Off at Mamaroneck HS 12/3/2016 Nov R4 Mamaroneck BB North Star Academy ST Neg
NY Fall Face Off at Mamaroneck HS 12/3/2016 Nov R3 Leon M. Goldstein KC North Star Academy KA Neg
NY Fall Face Off at Mamaroneck HS 12/3/2016 Nov R2 Stuyvesant AC Baltimore City AG Aff
NY Fall Face Off at Mamaroneck HS 12/3/2016 Nov R1 Leon M. Goldstein MB Brooklyn Technical WT Neg