Lillian DiStefano Paradigm

Last changed 2/16 6:38P EDT

My judging paradigm for Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate is a clash of values. The value represents a means to an idealistic, just world. The criterion is the standard by which to measure the opposing values and to ultimately define the value that should be upheld. The contentions are used to uphold the value.

Value, criterion and contentions must be clearly stated by both sides.

Therefore, the debater that upholds their value and criteria with the strongest contentions will receive the higher points, thus (generally) the win.

Points that I look for:

· Slow down on the Tags!

· Must be clear with your value and criteria

· Contention and it's value MUST BE crystal clear

· I do not allow flex time

· Speak at a reasonable pace

· Time yourself-I will also keep time

· Argue on logic not emotions

· Quotations have no meanings without explanations

· Make logical and sensible arguments AND explain your arguments.

· There’s a difference between a passionate and an abrasive or condescending debater

· Stay organized

· Be respectful to your opponent

· Construct a well impacted argument/s

· The debater that most clearly present a logical argument AND effectively refute the opponent will be the victor

· MOST OF ALL, ENJOY YOURSELVES WHILE PERFECTING YOUR CRAFT

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R6 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches HS Nightingale Bamford FR Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R6 Walt Whitman KP Newtown SH Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R4 Delbarton TL Lovejoy LK Aff
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R4 Bronx HS Of Science SM Myers Park JG Neg
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R1 Nova CG Randolph LH Neg
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VPF R1 Lovejoy TM Chaminade FV Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R6 Thomas Jefferson HSST AK Loudoun Valley EM Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R6 Syosset CM Timothy Christian JR Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R4 Medina MD Hunter NP Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 VLD R2 Princeton JK Byram Hills SC Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R6 Christopher Columbus JC La Salle College FB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R4 Christopher Columbus ER Mountain View SS Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R1 Trinity JR Dreyfoos School of the Arts DC Neg