Richard Haber Paradigm

Last changed 4/12 6:35P EDT

2018 Tournament of Champions

Richard Haber, Chagrin Falls High School.

Practicing Trial Attorney and Coach of Public Forum team for 7 years.

I can handle a fair amount of speed, but please exercise some common sense with pace.

Generally, I decide the round on who persuades me. It is not a question of how many argument you win, but which arguments you win, the impacts of those arguments and how you weigh them. I am a flow judge and will track the round. If you do not respond to a contention of your opponent, you risk losing the argument, and if important in the weight of the round it could result in a loss. However, just because your opponent fails to respond to a contention or sub-contention, does not mean you win the issue. You must still persuade me why it matters.

As a trial lawyer, I think evidence is important, but it is equally important to me to logically extend your evidence. Please explain why your evidence is more important or impactful than the evidence that your opponent inevitably will argue in response. I view Summary as the opportunity to reset the round. Structure the round for me as the judge and tell me what I should be looking for through the rest of the round. It may require you rebut additional points, but in the end, start to focus and weigh the round on the 2 to 3 key issues that I will be voting on.

You should extend your case and arguments through out the round. If you don't extend, I will assume you are dropping a contention (assuming opponent rebutted). Do not lay in wait until second speaker final focus to extend the argument - though I understand the strategy, I prefer teams debate the issues that matter, rather than prevail on a failure to debate.

To this end, cross-fire is not an opportunity to filibuster. It is intended as an exchange of ideas. Your opponents response to a well framed question can be far more impactful to me, than refusing to allow them to answer. If they are evasive, I will get it.

You should be careful running theory or kritiks. Though I will not "drop" you for running theory or kritik, I am not a fan of avoid the clash on the topic.

I will consider arguments raised in grand crossfire if reasonable in the flow of the round because your opponent can respond in grand cross and final focus. I will not consider new evidence or arguments raised in either final focus.

the best speakers may not always win. The team with the best reasoned arguments, offering the greatest reasonably extended impacts will prevail on my ballot.

GOOD LUCK

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R7 L C Anderson HE Ardrey Kell AT Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R5 Cinco Ranch RT Bronx HS Of Science OS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R4 Cypress Bay BS Newton South GS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R3 Walt Whitman MM College Prep PW Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R2 Bellaire BK DuPont Manual BH Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 GPF R1 Hackley BW Johnston BS Aff
Bethel Park Black Hawk Annual Tournament 2/9/2018 PFD P Oct State Brauser & Zydney Upper St Clair Chui & Chiu Aff Aff on a 3-0
Bethel Park Black Hawk Annual Tournament 2/9/2018 PFD R5 Mount Vernon HS - Mount Vernon, OH Reddy & Chandler Pine-Richland Holm & Saah Aff
Bethel Park Black Hawk Annual Tournament 2/9/2018 PFD R4 GlenOak Foltz & Speaker State Kim & Chen Aff
Bethel Park Black Hawk Annual Tournament 2/9/2018 PFD R3 University Miranda & DeVine GlenOak Ely & Juarez Aff
Bethel Park Black Hawk Annual Tournament 2/9/2018 PFD R2 University Paik & Yan North Allegheny Sr Tsung & Shao Aff
Bethel Park Black Hawk Annual Tournament 2/9/2018 PFD R1 Canfield Smith & DuPonty North Allegheny Sr Mei & Burmester Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF Triple Regis BC Stuyvesant AR Aff Aff on a 2-1
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF Triple Byram Hills YU Ardrey Kell BW Neg Neg on a 2-1
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R6 Newton South SD Oakwood FO Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R6 Walt Whitman WW North Allegheny AN Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R5 Regis AA Walt Whitman TR Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R5 Regis HS Evanston BW Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R4 Kugnus ACTS CK Plano Senior CT Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R4 Milton JC Charlotte Latin SL Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R3 Valor Christian LK Newton South GZ Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R3 Western DC Success Academy HS of the Liberal Arts CB Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R2 Sequoyah CE NSU University GB Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R2 Horace Mann GO Byram Hills OC Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R1 Oak Hall SG North Allegheny DC Neg
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/11/2016 VPF R1 Ridgewood AC Albuquerque MN Neg
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R6 Sierra Canyon FK Fairmont Preparatory DJ Aff
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R6 College Prep ZO Chaparral AW Neg
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R4 Fairmont Preparatory GS Los Altos AK Aff
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R4 Lake Highland Prep OR Clovis North SQ Aff
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R3 Evergreen TP Amador Valley PK Neg
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R3 Harker BH Mountain View CK Aff
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R2 Saratoga RK Nueva GP Aff
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R2 Leland LM Edgemont JrSr KP Aff
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R1 College Prep LM Lynbrook NM Neg
30th Annual Stanford National Invitational 1/16/2016 VPF R1 Hamilton XA Leland HN Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Triple Ardrey Kell BW Delbarton EG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 4 Trinity Prep PM Hawken HK Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 4 American Heritage Plantation BB New Horizons DN HL Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 2 Horace Mann SK Regis GR Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 PF Rd. 2 Asthon DM Millburn PC Neg