Brent Nicholson

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 1 March 2021 11:40 AM CST

Important note for 2021 Nationals: I've recently had a hand injury and can't flow anywhere near as quickly as I normally would. You would do well to slow down a bit in front of me so that I can keep my flow up to speed. I'll try my best to be vocal about my limitations, especially because I'm still finding them. I'll still do my best to flow, but if I can't keep up, I will have an incomplete flow.

**An argument consists of both a claim and a warrant. If you make claims without providing evidence which explains why that claim is true, I will not vote for that argument. Saying that a study concluded that your claim is true or that a news source claims it is not enough. You need to explain what that study did to conclude that or explain the reasoning of the news source which you reference.**

This philosophy should give you a look into the way I think, but I believe that it will be totally sufficient given my outlook on debate. In the past, I’ve tried to be comprehensive, but I think that that lead to folks misinterpreting my thoughts on debate. Do not take my brevity to mean that I don’t have thoughts about debate, but rather that I think my own opinions ought not matter to you as a debater – this is, after all, your activity.

My goal as a judge is to adapt to the round that the debaters have. This may seem to be empty to y’all, and that’s fine, but my goal as a coach and judge is to facilitate debate rounds that debaters want to have. I feel capable of judging any debate and would encourage you to do you when I am your judge.

With that said, you’ll probably want a few things that I start off with to keep in mind.

- I assume all negative advocacies are conditional unless stated otherwise.

- I think timeframe and probability are more important than magnitude, but no one ever does the work, so I end up voting for extinction impacts.

- Give your opponents’ arguments the benefit of the doubt. They’re probably better than you give them credit for and underestimating them will hurt your own chances of winning.

- Role of the ballot arguments do not make sense to me: if you have to win that the aff/neg does something good to meet the role of the ballot, it seems like you’ve already won the regular-old impact debate. Keep trying! But be aware that I was probably already voting for you if you won an impact.

- I really dislike spec, but read it if you must. Please don't collapse to spec unless you see no other outs.

- I generally dislike MG theory with the exception of CP theory and condo.

quick additions for 2020 NPTE/NPDA:

I really like conditionality. I have seen some pretty good PMRs on condo, and they have not persuaded me on this. You probably don't want to run the risk unless it's a particularly egregious case of condo.

I will almost never exclude the aff from a K debate based on "K comes first" type arguments or no fiat arguments. If you manage to win these arguments on the neg, I typically treat them as framing issues on the link page that improve my evaluation of your argument quality/probability.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Rice University Classic C 2021-09-25 NPDA R5 Oregon LG PDAB RM Aff
Rice University Classic C 2021-09-25 NPDA R3 Whitma RB UTTyl SmPa Neg
Rice University Classic C 2021-09-25 NPDA R2 UTTyl SP Rice TrSi Aff
NPDA C 2021-03-06 NPDA Elim 4 Oregon LG Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley MR Neg Neg 7-0
NPDA C 2021-03-06 NPDA R8 El Camino SK Tulane University Debate Team RF Aff
NPDA C 2021-03-06 NPDA R6 Minnesota BK Univ of Pacific GP Aff
NPDA C 2021-03-06 NPDA R4 Univ of Pacific PR Grand Canyon HK Aff
NPDA C 2021-03-06 NPDA R1 Rice ST Texas Tech HT Aff
2021 Mile High Swing Part Two C 2021-01-16 NPDA Semis PDAB MR UTTyl RK Aff Aff 3-0
2021 Mile High Swing Part Two C 2021-01-16 NPDA Quarte UTTyl LW PDAB MR Neg Neg 3-0
2021 Mile High Swing Part Two C 2021-01-16 NPDA Octos ConUni GN UTTyl LW Neg Neg 2-1
2021 Mile High Swing Part Two C 2021-01-16 NPDA R5 WilJew PT PenSta SS Neg
2021 Mile High Swing Part Two C 2021-01-16 NPDA R2 Rice WR UTTyl/PDAB PS Aff
2021 Mile High Swing Part Two C 2021-01-16 NPDA R1 UCLA NN UTTyl LW Neg
2021 Mile High Swing Part One C 2021-01-14 NPDA R2 PDAB CF Whitma CL Aff
2021 Mile High Swing Part One C 2021-01-14 NPDA R1 PDAB AW Oregon LG Neg
Minnesota Classic C 2019-09-13 E2 Minnesota KK Concordia University Irvine GG Neg
Minnesota Classic C 2019-09-13 E1 Concordia University Irvine GG Minnesota SB Neg Aff 2-1
Minnesota Classic C 2019-09-13 R7 Whitman CD Minnesota GP Neg
Minnesota Classic C 2019-09-13 R6 Concordia University Irvine GG Minnesota KK Neg
Minnesota Classic C 2019-09-13 R5 Minnesota SB Concordia University Irvine GG Neg
Minnesota Classic C 2019-09-13 R2 Minnesota GP Whitman BC Aff
Minnesota Classic C 2019-09-13 R1 Minnesota CS Whitman CD Neg
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP Elim 6 PenSta SS WesKen AR Neg Neg 2-1
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP Elim 5 MisSta ZK WesKen TW Neg Neg 2-1
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP Elim 4 PenSta SS MisSta PH Aff Aff 3-0
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP Elim 3 WesKen ME MisSta PH Neg Neg 2-1
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP Elim 2 Nebras MM WesKen ME Neg Neg 2-1
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP Elim 1 WesKen KS PenSta SS Neg Neg 3-0
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP R6 L&C JR UCMO MR Neg
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP R5 MisSta ZK WesKen BH Aff
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP R4 MisSta AV WesKen TW Neg
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP R3 MisSta GM L&C AK Aff
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 GP R2 WesKen AS MisSta PR Neg
NFA LD Grand Prix C 2019-03-30 JV R1 MisSta CE MisVal EH Aff
William Fremd PFLD Invitational HS 2018-11-03 NLD R4 New Trier JFr Barrington RS Neg
William Fremd PFLD Invitational HS 2018-11-03 NLD R3 William Fremd ED New Trier LB Aff
William Fremd PFLD Invitational HS 2018-11-03 NLD R2 New Trier JG Schaumburg AM Aff
William Fremd PFLD Invitational HS 2018-11-03 NLD R1 Homewood-Flossmoor MS Belleville Township HS West KM Aff
Minnesota Classic C 2018-09-21 NPDA R5 McKendree CF McKendree AS Gov
Minnesota Classic C 2018-09-21 NPDA R3 McKendree AS McKendree OP Opp
Minnesota Classic C 2018-09-21 NPDA R2 McKendree GD McKendree DP Opp
Minnesota Classic C 2018-09-21 NPDA R1 Minnesota AR Missouri - Columbia MD Gov
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships HS 2018-03-02 JVLD QTRS AM 4000 AG 4013 Neg Neg 2-1
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships HS 2018-03-02 JVLD R5 AB 4008 AX 4020 Neg
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships HS 2018-03-02 JVLD R3 BD 4012 AD 4003 Aff
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships HS 2018-03-02 JVLD R2 BD 4024 AK 4007 Neg
Illinois Debate Community IDC NoviceJV State Championships HS 2018-03-02 JVLD R1 BD 4018 AB 4009 Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational HS 2017-11-04 VLD R4 Belleville Township HS West BP Palatine RA Neg
William Fremd Viking Invitational HS 2017-11-04 VLD R3 Holy Trinity NN William Fremd JY Neg
William Fremd Viking Invitational HS 2017-11-04 VLD R2 Chesterton HG Schaumburg BS Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational HS 2017-11-04 VLD R1 Schaumburg RL IL Math And Science ST Aff