Mike Harris Paradigm

Last changed 9/20 8:18A CDT

Mike Harris
Wichita East High School -Director of Debate

Online norms - Be nice and have fun. Clean tech makes me happy. Fast is not always the best when it becomes unclear. I flow your speech, not your speech docs, especially after the 1AC/1NC.

2020-2021 Update : One of my undergraduate degrees is criminal justice. I'm well versed in both theory and procedures. I've hosted guest lectures this season with speakers on Police militarization and the Use of Force, Death Penalty, and "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness". I have a federal court judge scheduled to speak. My knowledge level is high, which means your arguments are going to have to be explained correctly to persuade me most effectively. Truth is important on this topic, especially when making claims to solve structural problems at a value level.

I have significant experience in the past 15 years judging many tournaments both in Kansas and around the nation. I am the Director of Debate at Wichita East in Wichita. I have multiple students currently competing in the NDT/CEDA, and Parli circuits in colleges across the country. We have had many national qualifiers in policy debate in recent years . I coached the 2nd and 3rd place teams at NCFL, had three teams in the top 30 at NSDA and coached the 7th place team and a top ten speaker, and had two teams qualified for the TOC. I have been exposed to many teams and styles from across the nation. Below is a brief explanation of some of my judging preferences. This is by no means a complete explanation, so feel free to ask specific question regarding my paradigm:

I'm a tabula rasa judge as much as that exists and you will need to address framing in this debate to win my ballot. DOn't care of it's K v K, clash of covs, or policy debates.

Speed - No preference as long as you are clear. I can keep up on the flow with any team although I do not believe that extreme speed is required to win. I prefer clarity and quality argumentation to speed. With that said, I most enjoy a quality high speed round that combines the above traits.

Kritik's - Literature is essential to quality kritik arguments. I do not have any problem with performance k's or kritikal aff's. I'm familiar with kritikal identity and postmodern lit. I am a glutton for solid evidence and I know that the literature exists. Be prepared to explain the literature clearly and succinctly. I have a philosophy degree although I am quite a few years removed from in-depth study of the literature.

CP's - If it solves the for the aff advantages and has a net benefit I'm good. I'm solid on theory. Not often do I reject a team on theory.

Topicality- My threshold for topicality is high. That said, I have voted on T in very significant out rounds when I don't feel it has been covered appropriately, and it is extended effectively. T must be impacted out and weighed to be a factor in my decision. I've judged a lot of debates for a long time, and seen debate go through a lot. Be specific and focus on t what would happen if this specific aff is allowed. I have interesting perspectives on the concept of fairness.

Disads - I am particularly interested in strong specific links and true internal link scenarios. I hate hearing internal links and impacts that are based on evidence from 2007. I am convinced at this level of debate evidence for disads should be updated every week to paint an accurate portrayal of the world. I will weigh a disad impact scenario without good specific links against case impacts in all cases, but the risk will probably be very low. I'm going to vote for whichever team (aff or neg) has the best and most true story.

Case - I love a good case debate. Above I mentioned I have a criminal justice and philosophy background, it is important to note my main degree area if study was political science (IR) and history.. I have found that specific and significant case turns by the negative can be very effective in undermining an aff case and being enough to win a round. Common sense analytics are important to accompany cards for both teams. Shadow extensions do little for me, I want warrant analysis with specific comparisons.

Theory and framework - Ask regarding specifics. Impact it out, ask for leeway, answer independent voters. I think this is an area of debate that is often under-covered and not understood by many advanced teams. I vote for kritikal affs and neg t/framework about evenly. I'll go either way. I don't like cheap theory (disclosure in round one of the first tournament of the year), but understand creative theory as part of the game.

All said, have fun and enjoy yourselves. Please signpost appropriately! I don't always catch the authors and sometimes it gets interesting in rebuttals when all I keep hearing is the "Brown 11' card" over and over. I can usually figure it out, but is annoying and a waste of time. I am very open-minded and will listen to anything, however teams need to explain both claims and their appropriate warrants. [mailto:devadvmike@gmail.com]

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/18/2020 Var OFs Lawrence Free State MR Blue Valley West BW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/18/2020 Var R6 Lawrence Free State HB Olathe East TB Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/18/2020 Var R2 Lawrence RR Lawrence Free State PB Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/18/2020 Var R1 Newton MS Lawrence KS Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational 11/22/2019 KDCOP R5 Newton SR Shawnee Heights ML Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational 11/22/2019 JV R2 Junction City FO Salina South TW Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational 11/22/2019 JV R1 Blue Valley West AL Cherokee Trail RM Aff
Heart of Texas 10/18/2019 PD R1 Meadows HW St. Mark's School of Texas YS Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX Quarte Lansing Sr SI Crossings Christian WS Aff Neg on a 2-1
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX R5 Derby ME Lansing Sr MP Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX R3 Washburn Rural BL Derby VH Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX R2 Bentonville HR Washburn Rural AW Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX R1 Lansing LH Little Rock Central PC Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 DOFs Lawrence DV Lawrence Free State BH Neg Neg on a 2-1
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R4 Little Rock Central KG Shawnee Mission South LR Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R3 Hutchinson UO Lawrence Free State HJ Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R1 Lansing DA Blue Valley Southwest WZ Aff
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R5 138 178 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R4 165 102 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R3 191 216 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R2 217 143 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R1 150 186 Aff Neg on a 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX O Ronald Reagan PG Eisenhower HJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R5 Jesuit NG Dallas Highland Park LM Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R4 Eisenhower GS Trinity DH Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R3 Liberal Arts and Science GR Barstow ML Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R2 North Lamar HH Jesuit AK Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R1 Andrews BF Grapevine HT Neg
Maize High School 11/30/2018 VP RD 1 Hutchinson OC Andover LA Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R6 Homestead GW Okemos RZ Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R5 St. Vincent De Paul BP Westwood SB Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R3 Niles North LI Kinkaid PP Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R2 Niles West KM Barstow TD Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R1 Union HW St Vincent De Paul CC Neg
Panther Debate Tournament 11/9/2018 NOV R5 Manhattan Yan & Long Derby Phetsomphou & Wentling Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R5 Blue Valley Northwest Arvind Shankar & Zaki Mansoor Barstow Tyler Durwood & Kristin Tingle Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R2 Olathe East Avneet Sidhu & William Macfarland Blue Valley North Kelsie Fisher & Anushka Valsan Neg
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol R6 South FJ Niles West SB Aff
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol R5 Millard North GC Washburn Rural KP Neg
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol R4 South HK Niles West WK Aff
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol R3 Niles West FW Minneapolis Washburn BJ Aff
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol R2 Univ Of Chicago Lab SW Niles West PS Aff
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol R1 Niles West CK Univ Of Chicago Lab CK Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R6 Eisenhower GS BV West MM Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R4 SM West WM Lansing WZ Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R2 BV West VD SM East SB Neg
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX Dbl Oc 121 131 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX R5 164 103 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX R4 188 102 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX R2 137 163 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX R1 182 186 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX R4 Barstow TD Glenbrook North JN Aff
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX R3 Blue Valley Southwest SL Dowling Catholic TM Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX R4 Godley SB Crossings Christian WR Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX R3 Greenhill WL Westwood SK Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI R3 Washburn Rural AB Olathe North AE Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI R2 Garden City CU Shawnee Heights BL Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Quarte Cabot Kyler Buckner & Collin Smith Lawrence Free State Li Gordon-Washington & Maxwell Lillich Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Double Blue Valley Southwest Ted Shi & Anna Lee Blue Valley North Ellie Anderson & Ramya Chilappa Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 5 Blue Valley West Seena Saiedian & Dan Vasudevan Newton Chase Cassil & Kenton Fox Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R4 Washburn Rural Grace Kessler & Raina Peter Cabot Kyler Buckner & Collin Smith Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX Octas Cabot BS Washburn Rural AB Aff Aff on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R6 Dowling Catholic WH Blue Valley North KI Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R5 Shawnee Mission East SB Fayetteville AM Aff
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var SF Jenks MB Shawnee Mission Northwest KO Neg Neg on a 4-1
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 4 Derby SN Shawnee Mission East BH Aff
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 2 Blue Valley West SV Olathe Northwest AC Aff
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 1 Jenks BB Blue Valley West TK Neg
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX R5 162 136 Neg Aff on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX R4 155 104 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX R3 198 131 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX R2 112 154 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX R1 146 145 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Derby March IE PFDCongressLD 3/10/2017 LD R1 S Cole Wilson S Jackie Atha Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX S BluVal LK Reagan SS Aff Aff on a 4-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX R5 St.Pet PW
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX R4 St.Mar CK Andrew SL Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX R1 Godley OI CarSch AT Neg
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VP RD 3 Manhattan CH Blue Valley Southwest SW Neg
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VP RD 1 Jenks GJ Washburn Rural AG Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX Qtrs South Eugene LS Meadows BN Aff Neg on a 2-1
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX Sextos Niles West SS Walter Payton SW Aff Neg on a 2-1
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R7 Jones DE Phoenix Military HJ Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R5 Niles West SS Georgetown Day BS Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R3 Westwood NG Niles West CB Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R2 Union JS Jones CP AN Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R1 McDowell FK Evanston Township CJ Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD R7 Niles West BC Jesuit GH Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD R6 New Trier MJ Pine Crest Preparatory CD Aff Aff on a 2-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD R5 Pace HN Notre Dame HS - Sherman Oaks PU Neg Neg on a 2-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD R4 Niles North LM Barstow FS Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD R3 Glenbrook South RK Liberal Arts and Science BV Neg Neg on a 2-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD R2 Barstow BL Greenhill TC Neg Neg on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R6 St. Mark's School of Texas WW Westwood SC Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R4 Garfield CZ Round Rock CJ Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R2 Little Rock Central JJ Sage Ridge KR Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R1 Cabot BS Head Royce HS Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R7 Berkeley Preparatory SS Blake BO Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R5 Cathedral Prep HK Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PP Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R1 Shawnee Mission East BP Whitney M. Young Magnet RJ Neg
Newton High School 10/30/2015 DCI R5 WaRu RP Lansing OW Neg
Newton High School 10/30/2015 DCI R4 Blue Valley Southwest EH Blue Valley North ET Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 PD Round West Des Moines Valley HH Glenbrook South CA Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 PD Round Glenbrook South RS Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ CM Aff
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round Glenbrook North JM Highland Park (Dallas) CK Aff Aff on a 2-0
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round Hendrickson SL Niles North BK Aff
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round Rowland Hall-St. Mark's BM Jesuit CP LR Aff
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round Calhoun BF Grapevine BP Aff
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round Marist VA Meadows BN Neg Neg on a 2-0
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round Glenbrook South BS Woodward AS Neg Neg on a 2-0