Patrick Laxson Paradigm

Last changed 23 October 2020 9:53 AM CDT

LINCOLN - DOUGLAS

I judge components of LD in a hierarchy of burdens each debater has to fill:

1) FRAMEWORK - Value first, criterion second. I need to know the "what" of importance as related to the resolution before you tell me "how" that importance will be met in your criterion, and ultimately your case. If either side drops framework, it makes the round very difficult for them to win.

2) AFF CASE, BURDEN OF PROOF - The affirmative is the side advocating change. They therefore establish the arena that everyone plays in. They need to show how their perspective on the case represents the value the best and how that value substantiates a deviation from status quo. I need to see legitimate, topical blocks that fortify framework. Dropped aff arguments are devastating.

3) NEG CASE, BURDEN OF REJOINDER - The negative case has the responsibility to refute proof when aff has met their burden. Silence is consent. The negative cannot simply ignore or blatantly dismiss affirmative arguments, logical substantiated claims and warrants are a must for me to determine an aff point or subpoint has been refuted.

The side that best upholds framework, and also has the strongest and aggregate amount of legitimate arguments standing at the end of the round gets my ballot......

Unless a K argument is thrown down. Then ignore everything above this. The K rules over everything and it must be addressed before any of the normal LD stuff matters. Be careful, friends.

PUBLIC FORUM

I will evaluate Public Forum as if I am a jury of 12 and you all are the lawyers. Pro is the Prosecution and Con is the Defense. What is on trial is the status quo in relation to the topic at hand. Pro/Aff in any debate round (with the exception of BQ) advocates for a change. Pro accuses the Con side of creating a risk with complacency in our current condition. Pro must present that change implied in the resolution has lower risk and higher benefits, and do so in effective qualitative ways, as opposed to a quantitative approach in policy debate.

The time is shortened for a reason folks.

Now, unlike a courtroom, Pro does not necessarily have to prove their side "beyond a reasonable doubt" but instead, "on balance" - which basically means I have to find 51% or more favor to their side. I will look for the Con team to punch holes in this effort and basically convince me that either A) change is not necessary or B) the change the Pro side advocates is bad.

My ballot goes to the side that presents the least risk, and a better future outcome than what their opponents call for.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 NPF Semis 2 Overton & Rodriguez 9 Sammons & Storer Pro Con 2-1
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 NIPDA R3 14 Darlenne Chacon 15 Jason Beason Aff
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 BQ R2 16 Emberson-Cottrell & Crihfield 4 William Fry Neg
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 VPF R1 2 Bacon & Arrington 16 ChamBon & Buchholz Con
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 NIPDA Finals 10 Daniel Rivas 18 Reece Boykin Neg Neg 2-1
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 VPF Semis 4 Saddler & Merrick 6 English & Finkenbinder Con Pro 2-1
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 NLD R3 4 Jaydon Nobles 7 Dakota Young Neg
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 VLD R2 4 Harrison Mobbs 3 Kennedy Marrs Neg
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 NLD R1 4 Bailey Van 5 Andrew Rogers Aff
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 NIPDA Semis 10 Joshua Schmidt 2 Cole Rogers Aff Aff 3-0
ACTAA High School December Regional HS 2020-11-28 VIPDA Quarte 18 Mace Fergusen 3 Ava Ramos Aff
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 NLD R2 7 Samuel Carrero 3 Mark Warford Neg
North Little Rock Wildcat Classic HS 2017-12-01 NPF Semis 1 John & Esarte 9 Ruth & Vaughn Neg
North Little Rock Wildcat Classic HS 2017-12-01 NLD Quarte 9 Woody Woodring 2 Christian Huggins Aff
North Little Rock Wildcat Classic HS 2017-12-01 VPF R3 2 Trujillo & Tyner 1 David & Adelusimo Neg
North Little Rock Wildcat Classic HS 2017-12-01 VPF R3 1 Keogh & Berry 8 Gardner & Hearne Neg
North Little Rock Wildcat Classic HS 2017-12-01 VLD R2 1 Thomas Guarino 2 Jonathan Riles Neg
North Little Rock Wildcat Classic HS 2017-12-01 VLD R1 1 Derek Edwards 2 Briana Griffin Neg