Kevin Steeper Paradigm

Last changed 11/4 7:15A PST

Most Important Criteria

I'm a tabula rasa judge, so I look to vote on the flow where the debaters tell me to. If one team tells me the sky is orange and the other doesn't respond, the sky is orange for the purpose of the round. I will, however, intervene if the other team says the sky is blue as I'll be inclined to give weight to the argument I know is true. I want to see concrete, real world impacts on your argumentation. I won't do any extra work for you in order to give you the ballot, so you need to make sure you impact out all of your arguments. At the end of the round, I'm also far more likely to vote on probability over magnitude (so, for example, you'll might have a hard time getting my ballot if you lay out an unlikely human extinction scenario if your opponent has more reasonable impacts).

Predispositions

The only thing I'm predisposed to not want to vote on is a K. I want to hear a debate on the issues, one that was prepped as much as can be expected in the 20 minutes of prep time as opposed to something you've been working on all year. If you run it really well, or the opponent totally mishandled it, I'll still vote on it even though I won't want to. If the other team, however, handles it well enough, my threshold to reject a K is pretty low. Otherwise, I have no issues voting on T or any other procedural. I prefer to see arguments on the resolution, but have no problem voting on a procedural if it's warranted. In addition, on topicality (and related positions) I prefer potential abuse as opposed to proven abuse as far as what I need to vote on topicality. I feel that running a position that specifically does not link to the affirmative's case to prove abuse is a waste of my time and yours, and I'd rather you spend the 30-60 seconds you spend running that position making arguments that really matter in the round. Topicality can be evaluated just fine in a vacuum without having to also complain about how it prevented you from running X, Y, or Z position. The affirmative team is topical or they aren't, and no amount of in round abuse via delinked positions (or lack thereof) changes that. Additionally, I tend to default to reasonability over competing interpretations, but will listen to arguments as to why I should prefer competing interpretations.

Speed/Jargon/Technical

I debated Parli for four years, so I have no trouble with jargon or debate terms. I'm not a fan of speed as a weapon and I like to see good clash, so my feeling on speed is don't speed the other team out of the room. If they call "clear" or "slow", slow down. Additionally, my feelings on speed are also directly related to clarity. My threshold on speed will drop precipitously if your clarity and enunciation is low, and conversely is higher the more clear you remain at speed.

NOTE: I do not protect on the flow in rebuttals. It's your debate, it's up to you to tell me to strike new arguments (or not). My feeling is that me protecting on the flow does not allow the other side to make a response as to why it isn't a new argument, so I want one side to call and the other side to get their say.

NFA-LD SPECIFIC NOTES: Because of the non-limited prep nature of the event, I am far more receptive to K debate in this event. Additionally, given that there are no points of order, I also will protect on the flow in rebuttals.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Santa Rosa Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament 10/5/2018 OPARL Elim 2 Merced EG City College of San Francisco FY Neg Neg on a 3-0
Santa Rosa Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament 10/5/2018 OPARL Elim 1 Solano Community College - Fairfield SF San Jose State SB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Santa Rosa Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament 10/5/2018 OPARL R3 the Pacific RR Modesto OG Aff
Santa Rosa Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament 10/5/2018 NPARL R1 City College of San Francisco GT Diablo Valley College (DVC) AS Aff
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/21/2018 ParN 1/4 Arizona SM Solano Community College - Fairfield KP Neg Neg on a 2-1
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/21/2018 PARO 1/8 City College of San Francisco YF Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley MM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/21/2018 PARO R6 the Pacific PS Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley LK Neg
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/21/2018 PARO R5 the Pacific FT Chabot/Menlo BM Aff
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/21/2018 ParN NP4 San Francisco State CB Nevada Reno CG Neg
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/21/2018 ParN NP3 Chabot ML City College of San Francisco GA Aff
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/21/2018 ParN NP2 San Francisco AC Diablo Valley College (DVC) LL Aff
Santa Clara U Copeland Tournament 1/19/2018 OPP R9 Santa Clara TH Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley KJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Santa Clara U Copeland Tournament 1/19/2018 OPP R6 Santa Clara CH Nevada Reno NT Neg
Santa Clara U Copeland Tournament 1/19/2018 OPP R4 CSU East Bay RL Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley KJ Neg
Santa Clara U Copeland Tournament 1/19/2018 OPP R2 Merced EG Santa Clara KB Neg
Santa Rosa Invitational Forensics Tournament 10/6/2017 NPARL Elim 2 Diablo Valley College (DVC) FK Merced EG Neg Neg on a 2-1
Santa Rosa Invitational Forensics Tournament 10/6/2017 OPARL R2 Diablo Valley College (DVC) DA Nevada Reno CV Neg
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 NPA Quarte DVC BF Modesto SD Neg Neg on a 3-0
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 OPA Octos DVC FM Sac St/Chico KF Neg Neg on a 3-0
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 NPA R5 DVC MH East Bay TF Aff
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 JPA R4 CCSF BC SJSU YQ Neg
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 OLD R4 Modesto MM Pacific KG Neg
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 OPA R3 El Camino MM Pacific JM Neg
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 NLD R3 Sac St NJ Chico KO Aff
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 OPA R2 Pacific GJ Nevada CT Aff
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 OLD R2 Pacific MC Modesto AZ Neg
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 OLD R1 Modesto CP Delta AL Aff
Northern California Forensics Association Championships 2/24/2017 OPA R1 Pacific CL El Camino WA Neg
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/20/2017 PAR R4 Berk JM SCU HC Aff
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/20/2017 PAR R2 SCU TH NevRen TV Neg
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/20/2017 PAR R1 NevRen NV SCU BN Aff
Paul Winters Invitational LD 11/4/2016 O LD Final the Pacific DL CSU Chico JF Neg Neg on a 3-0
Paul Winters Invitational LD 11/4/2016 O LD Semi Sacramento State BG CSU Chico JF Neg Neg on a 3-0
Paul Winters Invitational LD 11/4/2016 JV LD R4 the Pacific BJ Chabot HS Neg
Paul Winters Invitational LD 11/4/2016 JV LD R3 San Joaquin Delta AD Sacramento State MD Aff
Paul Winters Invitational LD 11/4/2016 JV LD R1 Sacramento State BD the Pacific RP Aff
Paul Winters Invitational LD 11/4/2016 JV LD R1 Sacramento State DT San Joaquin Delta LS Aff
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/22/2016 PAR Quar Nevada Reno AV Ohlone AS Neg Neg on a 3-0
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/22/2016 PAR R6 San Jose State/Columbia ZC Nevada Reno LT Neg
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/22/2016 PAR R5 San Jose State KS Santa Clara HC Aff
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/22/2016 PAR R4 Santa Clara HK Berkeley JJ Neg
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/22/2016 NPAR R3 Columbia CM De Anza TY Aff
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/22/2016 PAR R2 Berkeley JG Cal Lutheran EK Aff
SCU Copeland Invitational 1/22/2016 NPAR R1 Columbia BD CSU East Bay AC Aff
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational 11/14/2015 Open Round Lynbrook RT Evergreen MS Aff
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational 11/14/2015 Open Round MenloAtherton LR Washington CT Neg
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational 11/14/2015 JV Round Jesuit AC Evergreen GM Neg
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational 11/14/2015 Open Round Evergreen SS Bishop ODowd PV Neg
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational 11/14/2015 Open Round Ashland BR Prospect KK Aff
The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational 11/14/2015 Open Round Los Altos DH Jesuit AS Aff
Parli TOC 4/11/2015 Parli R6 Claremont SM Jesuit AS Aff Aff on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/11/2015 Parli R5 Los Altos DH Chaminade CP ME Aff Aff on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/11/2015 Parli R4 Saratoga/West Ranch YS Windsor SM Neg Neg on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/11/2015 Parli R3 Sequoia HS Evergreen AC Neg Neg on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/11/2015 Parli R2 Irvington KH Claremont JB Aff Aff on a 2-0
Parli TOC 4/11/2015 Parli R1 Claremont LG Jesuit GM Aff Aff on a 2-0