Morgan Leach Paradigm

Last changed 9/21 12:19P EDT

First, a little about me...

I debated Public Forum for three years in high school at Piedmont Academy and now am on my fourth year debating Policy at UGA.

Yes, put me on the email chain: morganpac15@gmail.com

I expect respect from everyone involved no matter the climate - race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. IF you have something controversial to say, I expect you to back it up and give it a purpose.

Let's talk PF:

Do you expect everything in the final focus to also be in the summary? Not necessarily - every round is different and comes down to different things, but I think having your main points extended in both is important. By the time of the summary and final focus, your winning points should be obvious (this includes your impact calculus).

Do second speaking teams have to respond to the first rebuttal? Yes, if time permits.

Do first speaking teams have to extend defense in the first summary? Defense, yes. New arguments, no.

Do you flow/judge off crossfire? It depends on how the round is going; crossfire can either make or break you, and if it is a close round, crossfire will play a part in the decision.

Do teams have to have more than one contention? No.

Does framework have to be read in the constructives? This is a loaded question - if you think you will need framework, include it in the constructive. AT THE LEAST, framework MUST be apart of the rebuttals. Summary or final focus is too little too late to bring up or heavily impact the framework debate.

Speed is fine, off-time roadmaps are encouraged, do not dominate or take over your partner's crossfire, but if needed, I will allow *some tag-teaming. I don't want you to be a sitting duck, but crossfire is the time where judges can see just how much you really know about your case, evidence, and arguments.

Let's talk Policy:

At the end of the day, the debate will come down to who had the most convincing points and who extended them the best. Clash is key, impact calc is key.

K Arguments: I am fine with K arguments, but do not assume that what you are advocating for is clear to all those who are listening. I need to see why the K outweighs staying on-case and why it is beneficial to debate.

DAs: I love me a good disad. Economy DA, Politics DA, any DA. If you can prove to me why the DA outweighs what the Aff can do, then I am all in it.

Topicality: I am completely fine with T args; I think in the chaos they keep the debate centered. But be warned, if you go for T, it must be won in the round.

CPs: Counterplans are fine IF they are not messy. I have seen, gone against, and read some really complex CPs that just don't pan out in the time permitted. If the explanation is not there in the planks and you struggle to add all you are trying to say, you probably shouldn't do it.

Don't get lost in the complexity of what Policy debate is; no matter the format, all debates come down to what the arguments are, how the evidence withstands, and how the debaters themselves carry the case through.

If anyone has any questions or if I left anything out, don't hesitate to ask :)

Good luck to all, and God be with you.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 PF R6 Mountain Brook BJ St Paul's DK Neg
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 PF R5 St Mary's Dominican PA Baton Rouge RJ Neg
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 PF R4 Hoover VS Christ Episcopal SS Aff
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 PF R2 Durham OH Altamont DS Aff
The Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhib 9/27/2019 PF R1 Altamont CS Mountain Brook SA Aff
The Roar at the Ridge 9/21/2019 VPF R5 Carrollton SB St Pius X Catholic HL Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Roar at the Ridge 9/21/2019 NPF R4 Carrollton MZ Starrs Mill LA Neg
The Roar at the Ridge 9/21/2019 NPF R3 Morgan County CM East Chapel Hill SG Aff
The Roar at the Ridge 9/21/2019 NPF R1 Archer RG Lovett FS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 JVPF Quarte Fairmont Prep GB Potomac GS Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 JVPF R6 Potomac LZ Morristown West HF Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 JVPF R6 Potomac CL Richard Montgomery WX Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R5 DuPont Manual SP Nueva AA Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R4 Wayland WW Richard Montgomery NS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R4 Blacksburg CF Durham SO Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R2 Bromfield HS Independent AK Los Altos LR Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPF R2 Cambridge GJ Quarry Lane SK Aff
Georgia Southern Peach District Tournament 3/22/2019 PF Semis Columbus CA Marist VN Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/1/2019 NCX R1 Alpharetta HS GN Northview SR Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 PF Semifi Mountain Brook HB Vestavia Hills RH Aff Neg on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX Semifi USN CH Alpharetta HS GN Aff Aff on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R5 Henry W Grady RW Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FM Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PS Drew Charter GF Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R1 USN KW Montgomery Bell CH Neg
Cherokee Winter Challenge 12/1/2018 VPF R4 Cass Trinity Hatfield & Amaya Smith Marist Sydney Vance & Cole Miller Neg
Cherokee Winter Challenge 12/1/2018 VPF R3 Denmark Vignesh Ravichandran & Hitesh Kamisetty Grady William Poss & Ethan Damiani Neg
Cherokee Winter Challenge 12/1/2018 VPF R1 Marist Will Sjostrom & Sophie Verska Cass Awad Haq & Joseph Forsyth Aff
Warrior War of Words 10/6/2018 PF R4 Jackson AL Lassiter SM Aff
Warrior War of Words 10/6/2018 PF R3 Carrollton BB Westminster School - Augusta RW Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 NCX R6 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GC Cambridge MR Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 NCX R1 Montgomery Bell JP Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart MC Aff