Mike Harris Paradigm

Last changed Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 3:27 PM UTC

Mike Harris
Wichita East High School -Director of Debate

(formerly Kapaun Mt. Carmel)

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 Eastl in Wichita. I have multiple students currently competing in the NDT/CEDA circuit in colleges across the country. We have had many national qualifiers in policy debate in recent years and compete as much as Kansas will allow at national circuit tournaments. 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 last year.  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. 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 perm theory. Not often do I reject a team on theory. Is there such thing as cheating?

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.

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 philosophy degree, but it is important to note my main degree area if study was political science and IR. 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.

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 Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol 1 Niles West CK Univ Of Chicago Lab CK AFF
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol 2 Univ Of Chicago Lab SW Niles West PS AFF
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol 3 Niles West FW Minneapolis Washburn BJ AFF
Mid America Cup 9/21/2018 Pol 4 South HK Niles West WK AFF
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 2 BV West VD SM East SB NEG
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 4 SM West WM Lansing WZ AFF
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 6 Eisenhower GS BV West MM AFF
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX 1 182 186 NEG
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX 2 137 163 NEG
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX 4 188 102 NEG
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX 5 164 103 AFF
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX Dbl Octos 121 131 AFF
121 on a 3-0
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX 3 Blue Valley Southwest SL Dowling Catholic TM AFF
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX 4 Barstow TD Glenbrook North JN AFF
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX 3 Greenhill WL Westwood SK AFF
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/2/2018 VCX 4 Godley SB Crossings Christian WR NEG
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI 2 Garden City CU Shawnee Heights BL NEG
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI 3 Washburn Rural AB Olathe North AE AFF
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 4 Washburn Rural Grace Kessler & Raina Peter Cabot Kyler Buckner & Collin Smith NEG
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 Doubles Blue Valley Southwest Ted Shi & Anna Lee Blue Valley North Ellie Anderson & Ramya Chilappa NEG
Blue Valle on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Quarters Cabot Kyler Buckner & Collin Smith Lawrence Free State Li Gordon-Washington & Maxwell Lillich AFF
Cabot Kyle on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX 5 Shawnee Mission East SB Fayetteville AM AFF
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX 6 Dowling Catholic WH Blue Valley North KI NEG
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX Octas Cabot BS Washburn Rural AB AFF
Cabot BS on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 1 Jenks BB Blue Valley West TK NEG
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 4 Derby SN Shawnee Mission East BH AFF
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var SFS Jenks MB Shawnee Mission Northwest KO NEG
Shawnee Mi on a 4-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 1 146 145 NEG
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 2 112 154 NEG
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 3 198 131 AFF
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 4 155 104 AFF
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 CX 5 162 136 NEG
Derby March IE PFDCongressLD 3/10/2017 LD 1 S Cole Wilson S Jackie Atha AFF
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX 1 Godley OI CarSch AT NEG
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX 4 St.Mar CK Andrew SL NEG
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX 5 St.Pet PW
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/3/2017 VCX S BluVal LK Reagan SS AFF
BluVal LK on a 4-1
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VP RD 1 Jenks GJ Washburn Rural AG NEG
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VP RD 3 Manhattan CH Blue Valley Southwest SW NEG
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 1 McDowell FK Evanston Township CJ NEG
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 2 Union JS Jones CP AN AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 3 Westwood NG Niles West CB AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 5 Niles West SS Georgetown Day BS AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX 7 Jones DE Phoenix Military HJ AFF
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX Sextos Niles West SS Walter Payton SW AFF
Walter Pay on a 2-1
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX Qtrs South Eugene LS Meadows BN AFF
Meadows BN on a 2-1
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD 2 Barstow BL Greenhill TC NEG
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD 3 Glenbrook South RK Liberal Arts and Science BV NEG
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD 4 Niles North LM Barstow FS AFF
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD 5 Pace HN Notre Dame HS - Sherman Oaks PU NEG
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD 6 New Trier MJ Pine Crest Preparatory CD AFF
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 HD 7 Niles West BC Jesuit GH AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX 1 Cabot BS Head Royce HS AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX 2 Little Rock Central JJ Sage Ridge KR NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX 4 Garfield CZ Round Rock CJ NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX 6 St. Mark's School of Texas WW Westwood SC NEG
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX 1 Shawnee Mission East BP Whitney M. Young Magnet RJ NEG
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX 5 Cathedral Prep HK Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PP AFF
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX 7 Berkeley Preparatory SS Blake BO AFF
Newton High School 10/30/2015 DCI 4 Blue Valley Southwest EH Blue Valley North ET AFF
Newton High School 10/30/2015 DCI 5 WaRu RP Lansing OW NEG
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 PD Round 4 Glenbrook South RS Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ CM AFF
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 PD Round 6 West Des Moines Valley HH Glenbrook South CA NEG
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round 1 Glenbrook South BS Woodward AS NEG
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round 2 Marist VA Meadows BN NEG
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round 3 Calhoun BF Grapevine BP AFF
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round 4 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's BM Jesuit CP LR AFF
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round 5 Hendrickson SL Niles North BK AFF
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 HD Round 7 Glenbrook North JM Highland Park (Dallas) CK AFF