Melinda McCormack Paradigm

Last changed 12/12 4:47P EDT


I am a traditional LD judge who believes in topicality and strong argumentation with contention, clash, and strong crystallization. Translation: This isn't Congress or Policy.

I don't mind speed, unless it is simply a means of spreading-spread at your own risk.

I keep a vigorous flow, but if I cannot understand your arguments I cannot flow them-are we clear?
Do not heavily rely on esoteric counter-plans or kritques, but that does not mean I will not entertain them when used appropriately and well. I don't mind "out there" arguments-make them mean something and be sure to weigh them.

Beware jargon-I do not have a degree in that.

Please sign-post, but avoid off-time road maps.

DO NOT OFFER TO FLASH your cases-I should not have to read them to decide a winner-this is supposed to about verbal debate that "lay" people can understand-Check out who Lincoln and Douglas actually were.
Beyond this, I am pretty simple. Argue well, follow basic decorum of debate, and make sure I can follow you.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R5 4032 4005 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R5 4142 4201 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R4 4196 4154 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R3 4106 4087 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R3 4207 4211 Neg Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R2 4147 4069 Neg Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R2 4167 4208 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R1 4202 4119 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 PF R1 4033 4031 Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R6 Timothy Christian PT Harrison EV Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R5 Montville DP McDowell KP Aff
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R3 McDowell SK Byram Hills MF Aff
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R1 Chaminade CB Syosset RD Neg
The Princeton Classic 11/30/2018 VLD R1 Syosset SM West Orange AH Aff
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 JVLD Semis Scarsdale SB Harrison AK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 VLD R6 Hunter KC Lexington PS Aff
Yale Invitational 9/14/2018 VLD R4 Bronx HS Of Science JT Hunter DS Aff
State Elims in Debate at Jericho HS 2/10/2018 VLD Rd 4 11 DS 6 SL Aff
State Elims in Debate at Jericho HS 2/10/2018 NLD Rd 3 8 EG 11 AK Neg
State Elims in Debate at Jericho HS 2/10/2018 JVLD Rd 2 11 FK 2 BS Aff
State Elims in Debate at Jericho HS 2/10/2018 VLD Rd 1 6 KB 11 AP Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD Octos Stuyvesant PY Harrison AZ Neg Aff on a 2-1
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD Dubs Newtown JK Harrison AZ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R6 Newtown NS Needham JW Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R6 Harrison EV Centreville BK Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R2 Cypress Woods YW Harrison RA Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R1 Harrison MRy Langley SA Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/19/2018 VLD R1 Newtown JK Harrison EL Neg
Debate and Congress at Syosset 12/16/2017 JVLD Rd 4 14 CW 9 FK Aff
Debate and Congress at Syosset 12/16/2017 VLD Rd 2 1 JA 2 ES Neg
Debate and Congress at Syosset 12/16/2017 VLD Rd 1 1 LF 7 CC Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 VLD Dubs Montgomery JT Chaminade CB Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 VLD R5 Millburn EE Chaminade JM Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 VLD R3 Montville RM Princeton NE Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 VLD R2 Union Catholic CM Princeton DSh Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 VLD R2 Sayville ES Union Catholic AW Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/1/2017 VLD R1 Wilmington Charter CB Chaminade CB Neg
Debate at Schreiber 11/18/2017 VPF Rd 2 6 WW 2 VF Neg
Debate at Schreiber 11/18/2017 JVPF Rd 1 2 MO 7 CO Aff
Debate at Jericho 10/21/2017 VLD Rd 4 3 FA 7 AF Neg
Debate at Jericho 10/21/2017 NLD Rd 3 13 DH 4 KL Neg
Debate at Jericho 10/21/2017 VLD Rd 2 13 DS 7 JM Neg
Debate at Jericho 10/21/2017 VLD Rd 1 6 ES 2 JP Aff
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD Quarte King AB Poly Prep Country Day LA Aff Aff on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD Octos Thomas Jefferson HSST SB Roslyn AB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD R5 Cape Elizabeth RS Millburn FD Neg
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD R5 Acton-Boxborough KC Bridgewater-Raritan DC Neg
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD R4 Ashland SS Cary SN Aff
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD R4 Hill CW Cary JZ Aff
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD R3 Needham JL Stuyvesant GK Aff
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD R3 Ridge AS Stuyvesant DK Aff
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD R2 King AN Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart MS Aff
Yale Invitational 9/15/2017 JVLD R2 Millburn KW Cary JZ Neg
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF Semis 4039 4010 Neg Neg on a 5-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF Dbl Oc 4075 4175 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R5 4021 4135 Neg Aff on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R5 4193 4140 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R3 4013 4168 Neg Neg on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R3 4127 4025 Neg Neg on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R2 4174 4134 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R2 4108 4215 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R1 4063 4015 Neg Aff on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R1 4214 4138 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PAR Quarte HN Mione & Shulman EA Matthews & Zuccalmaglio Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PAR Octo F HB Menon & Mehta JG Kekedjian & Memon Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PAR Rd 4 HN Mione & Shulman DR Boland & Wilson Aff
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PAR Rd 4 OE Branson & Thomas-Russell CT Schwartz & Greenblatt Neg
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PAR Rd 2 KK Chakraborty & Patterson CT Johnson & Kim Aff
Yale Invitational 9/16/2016 PAR Rd 2 IM Zeng & Wong JT Bartlett & Katrenya Neg
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED 3/4/2016 PF R6 Fraser Heights Secondary HK McLean DE Aff
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED 3/4/2016 PF R6 Walt Whitman BD Millburn WV Aff
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED 3/4/2016 PF R5 Horace Mann GO Institute for Collaborative Education FW Aff
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED 3/4/2016 PF R5 Stuyvesant LU Bronx HS Of Science OB Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 NLD octs Princeton FP Millburn AJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 NLD R5 Hill DY Chaminade JV Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 NLD R5 Harrison EL Ridge MC Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 NLD R3 Syosset AK Lexington EC Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 NLD R3 Harrison ML Solebury JL Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 NLD R1 Princeton KS Harrison SB Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/4/2015 NLD R1 Lexington IJh Princeton MR Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 JVLD R5 Randolph NN Hunter College ML Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 JVLD R5 Newark Science SM Oakwood Secondary NB Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 JVLD R3 Stuyvesant PY Oakwood Secondary LB Aff
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 JVLD R3 Roslyn AR Hunter College TF Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF Octs Lexington BK Shady Side FT Neg Neg on a 3-0
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF R7 McLean SH Fairmont Preparatory PK Aff Aff on a 2-1
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF R6 Fairmont Preparatory LM Bronx Science CY Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF R5 Geneva School of Boerne RR Timber Creek KF Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF R4 Holy Ghost NV Mastery Hardy Williams CY Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF R4 Mastery Hardy Williams HH George Washington HI Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/14/2015 PF R1 Bishop O'Dowd SV Hill KS Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 PF PF Dou Lexington KC Regis BB Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 PF R5 Pingry TM St Josephs Prep (PA) MB Aff
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 PF R5 Schreiber FD Elizabeth MB Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 PF R3 Summit WB Regis FT Neg
The Princeton Classic 12/5/2014 PF R3 North Allegheny Senior XC Dalton AK Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/15/2014 NLD Rd 6 Timber Creek AR Princeton AAl Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/15/2014 NLD Rd 5 Princeton HL Lexington CM Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/15/2014 NLD Rd 5 Perkiomen Valley MB Hill GL Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/15/2014 NLD Rd 4 Millburn AT Lexington GB Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/15/2014 NLD Rd 2 Lexington JS Princeton SH Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/15/2014 NLD Rd 1 Millburn AO Lexington KB Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/15/2014 NLD Rd 1 Princeton NE Lexington NB Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD Octo LextonAS MillbuCH Aff Aff on a 3-0
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD Octo PrinceAH PerkioTG Aff Aff on a 2-1
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD R5 BenjamSP PrinceCA Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD R5 BenjamCL PrinceDA Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD R3 UnionvAH WilliaCB Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD R2 La SalAP PrinceMN Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD R2 MillbuAA PrinceAH Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD R1 NFA RR Hill MH Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 NLD R1 WesthiJG PrinceKX Neg