Kamil Merchant Paradigm

Last changed 11/8 11:04A CDT

I graduated from law school from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2016 and previously completed a degree in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.
I debated LD at New Trier Township HS and went to the 2006-07 ToC. I coached Torrey Pines students until 2012, and worked with Evanston for a year after.

Paradigm:
The short story is that I want you to explain by the end of the round how I evaluate the round (i.e. explain what mechanism I use to weigh arguments, why your arguments meet that/why your opponents don't and the basic order in which I evaluate arguments); theory is fine, speed is fine; Ks are fine; I will yell clear and call for evidence after the round if need be. I don't need very long extensions in the 1AR or 2AR. But if you want me to vote on the offense you need to make very clear what the argument is doing for you in the round. So please weigh and tell me why I should want to endorse your world over your opponent's world.

Theory: I evaluate theory based on competing interpretations. I don't give more weight to cards on theory than I do to smart analytics. I want to hear a comparison of internal warrants and weighing between standards/interpretations.

Frameworks: I'm open to whatever framework you want to read as long as you can explain how I use it to evaluate offense. Just make it sure it is coherent for the resolution and the agent in the resolution.

MicroPol: I've voted for it and I've voted against it. I tend to prefer narrative arguments where the impact is to either affirm or negate the resolution. But I have heard very good positions that just look to issues of race in debate at large. At the end of the day I treat it like any other argument: tell me how I should evaluate the round and why you win under that evaluation. If that means your ballot story doesn't look to the resolution, then justify it and win that position. I honestly think the best round of debate I've seen was the Northwestern v. Emporia final round of NDT.

Speaker Points:I reward coherence and clarity above all else. The way to get a 30 is for your last rebuttal to say exactly what my RFD on the ballot says. That means you explain how each argument interacts and why the way everything falls means I vote for you. This approach especially rewards good comparison of evidence and internal warrants.

As an aside, I firmly believe debaters should disclose positions, but don't feel that I have the jurisdiction to vote on disclosure theory bc it's conduct that occurred outside of the debate round. I can be persuaded to vote for disclosure theory, but I really dislike it and feel like it's a cop-out. I'd much rather hear an argument about why you should receive benefit of the doubt on resolving arguments in your favor bc you disclosed and your opponent didn't.

Anything else, feel free to ask me prior to the round!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R7 Thomas Jefferson HSST TG Moore ES Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R7 Isidore Newman LB Houston Memorial DX Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R6 Little Rock Central GR Cardinal Gibbons ZD Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R5 Blair AC Cardinal Gibbons AD Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R4 Green Canyon RI Newark Science TO Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R4 Whitmer MZ St. Andrew's Episcopal OE Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R3 Harker KM Research Triangle OS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R3 Scarsdale WC Pine Crest Prep LS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R2 Evanston Twp HE American Heritage Plantation PG Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R2 Oakland Catholic LW Lake Highland Prep AV Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R1 NSU SF Charlotte Latin DA Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R7 William G. Enloe KH Mountain Brook PS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R7 Loyola CL Los Alamos AD Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R6 Seven Lakes RRa Newark Science OS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R6 Chanhassen GL Cambridge Rindge and Latin AG Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R5 Harker AD West Des Moines Valley JM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R5 West Des Moines Valley CT Kinkaid HS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R3 Lakeville North ST Newark Science SB Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R3 Harker KS Archbishop Mitty LK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R2 Quarry Lane VG Neenah MA Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R2 Bradley Tech AC West Des Moines Valley LG Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R1 Oak Hall KZ Oakwood School - North Hollywood AO Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R1 Loyola LH Union TR Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD Sextos Stuyvesant PY Collegiate KY Aff Neg on a 2-1
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R7 Isidore Newman AS John Paul II AM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R7 Isidore Newman MK DuPont Manual GS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R6 Evanston Twp CM Kinkaid SS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R5 Stuyvesant PY Loyola AO Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R5 Cypress Bay RA St Francis DJ Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R4 Quarry Lane SK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R3 New Trier PT Brookfield AB Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R3 Lovejoy CM Success Academy Manhattan LL Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R2 Kent Denver GR Oakwood School - North Hollywood SM Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R2 Stuyvesant KL Dougherty Valley KK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R1 Stuyvesant CL Newark Science OS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VLD R1 Westwood RM McNeil PV Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VLD Octos Newark Science OS West Des Moines Valley CR Aff Aff on a 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VLD Double Quarry Lane SK Cambridge Rindge and Latin AG Neg Neg on a 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VLD Triple Loyola ST Dougherty Valley KK Aff Neg on a 2-1
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 JVLD R6 Bronx HS Of Science PL Eagan AA Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VLD R5 Dougherty Valley PT Hopkins EM Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VLD R4 Chatfield Senior KM Loyola RB Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VLD R3 West Des Moines Valley LB Loyola NT Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VLD R2 Eagan ML Bronx HS Of Science AW Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R6 McNeil NK Westwood AZ Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R5 Harker AC Klein NG Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R5 Westlake HS (Austin) AL Connally SR Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R4 John H Guyer CM Hattiesburg OS Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R4 Christopher Columbus DD Colleyville Heritage CW Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R3 Harker KK Loyola JN Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 LD R1 Lovejoy CM Dulles MK Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD Sextos Newark Science BA Millard North PK Neg Neg on a 3-0
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R6 Marlborough SD King AK Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R4 Oakwood School - North Hollywood JW Cypress Bay SD Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R3 Success Academy SC Brentwood KM Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R3 Lakeville South EH Fenwick IC Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R2 Colleyville Heritage CW Oakwood School - North Hollywood AW Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VLD R2 St Thomas Academy/Visitation NW Westwood RM Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD Double Lynbrook VV Northland Christian MP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R6 Cy-Fair TW Immaculate Heart MC Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R6 Anderson IS Lynbrook YZ Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R5 Lynbrook SL Hockaday KB Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R5 Christopher Columbus DD Edmond North CCo Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R3 Ruston TB Colleyville Heritage AS Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R2 Colleyville Heritage ASa Edmond North PL Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R2 Lake Travis BO Plano Senior ES Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 LD R1 Lake Travis KE Loyola DK Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Semis Harker PR Peninsula AT Neg Aff on a 2-1
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 JVLD Final Bettendorf AM Dowling Catholic JO Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Quarte Newark Science SS Peninsula AT Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Double Clements FT Millburn WH Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Walt Whitman LK Law Magnet KP Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Law Magnet MH St. Andrew's Episcopal MN Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Newtown AH Peninsula IG Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Reagan MR duPont Manual XH Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round St. Thomas More MW Newark Science AK Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Harker ZD Newark Science AF Neg
The Glenbrooks 11/22/2014 VLD Round Bronx Science GM Peninsula JZ Neg