Ken Nichols Paradigm

Last changed 4/15 1:27A PDT

Lincoln Douglas

Background: I've been judging high school Lincoln Douglas for over 6 years and work in the tech industry.

Speed: I'm a native English speaker, so faster than conversational delivery is fine, but debaters should attempt to be persuasive and not speak just to fill time. (I do appreciate good argumentation and have noticed that faster speakers tend to rush past important points without fully exploring their significance, so keep that in mind.)

Criteria: I consider myself to be a "traditional" LD judge. I value logical debate, with analysis and supporting evidence... co-opting opponents' value & criterion and showing how your case wins is completely fair and certainly a winning strategy. I do weigh delivery and decorum to some degree, but generally it isn't a factor... in the event of a tie, Neg wins. Neg owns the status quo, so the burden is on Aff to show why changes must be made.

Note: I don't care for "progressive" arguments... most of the time they're just a cheap ploy to ambush unsuspecting opponents instead of expanding our understanding of the problem and the philosophical underpinnings guiding our decision. (If you'd rather be doing policy, there's a whole other event for you to enter.)

Public Forum

Public Forum is based on T.V. and is intended for lay viewers. As a result, there's no paradigm, but some of the things that help are to be convincing, explain what the clash is between your opponents position and yours, and then show why your position is the logical conclusion to choose.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions 4/17/2020 PFG 5 Poly Prep Country Day ML Horace Mann GS Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/17/2020 PFG R3 Westwood FG Westlake HY Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/17/2020 PFG R2 Sioux Falls JK Horace Mann XS Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/17/2020 PFS R1 Trinity CM Acton-Boxborough CH Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/17/2020 PFS R1 WeSchool GZ Evergreen Valley PS Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 JVLD R6 Athens ZA ModernBrain SC Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 JVLD R6 Winston Churchill GC St Francis RJ Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 JVLD R4 Greenfield RC Cypress Bay NS Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 JVLD R4 Monte Vista KO Harker AV Neg
Redmond Mustang Classic 2/7/2020 LD-O R4 Eastla Medhya Goel Samamm Lydia Wang Aff
Puget Sound High School Invitational 1/10/2020 LDNO R3 Sprague Jade Hua Raisbeck Aviation Monty Robertson Aff
Puget Sound High School Invitational 1/10/2020 LDJV R2 Vashon Stellar Bigatel Parker Teghan Price Aff
Puget Sound High School Invitational 1/10/2020 LDJV R2 Gig Harbor Will Newberg Parker McKensie Byron Neg
Puget Sound High School Invitational 1/10/2020 LDJV R1 Vashon Ella Halvorson Parker Mele Rickards Neg
Puget Sound High School Invitational 1/10/2020 LDJV R1 Vashon Wendy Axtelle Tumwater Colin Snodgrass Aff
2019 Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/22/2019 O-LD Semis Newport KL Mount Vernon AM Aff Aff on a 2-1
2019 Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/22/2019 O-LD R4 Gig Harbor AC Raisbeck Aviation DR Aff
2019 Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/22/2019 O-LD R4 Vashon SB Newport GB Neg
2019 Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/22/2019 O-LD R3 Newport KL Gig Harbor KR Aff
2019 Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/22/2019 O-LD R3 Mercer Island TM Overlake AL Neg
2019 Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/22/2019 O-LD R1 Newport AX Gig Harbor WN Aff
2019 Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/22/2019 O-LD R1 Mount Vernon AM Mercer Island KW Aff
14th Annual Panther Invitational 11/9/2019 LD-O R5 6109 6123 Aff
14th Annual Panther Invitational 11/9/2019 LD-O R5 6105 6125 Neg
14th Annual Panther Invitational 11/9/2019 LD-O R4 6123 6126 Aff
14th Annual Panther Invitational 11/9/2019 LD-O R4 6124 6113 Neg
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/1/2019 OLD quarte Newpor KKLL Puyall SS Aff Aff on a 2-1
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/1/2019 NLD R5 Gig Harbor BJ Newport HX Neg
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/1/2019 NLD R5 Gig Harbor CW Puyallup LB Aff
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/1/2019 NLD R4 Gig Harbor KB Bethel HS AW Aff
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/1/2019 NLD R4 Newport AC Gig Harbor EN Aff
Interlake Invitational 10/25/2019 NPF Finals Artz & Bodine Leffler & Wang & Iqbal Aff Neg on a 2-1
Interlake Invitational 10/25/2019 NPF Sems Artz & Bodine Kakkar & Zhu Aff Aff on a 3-0
Interlake Invitational 10/25/2019 OPF R5 Li & Tao Sultana & Khaki Aff
Interlake Invitational 10/25/2019 OPF R5 Frits & Atchison Jaffery & Murray Neg
Interlake Invitational 10/25/2019 OPF R3 Rao & Roller Smith & Chiu Neg
Interlake Invitational 10/25/2019 OPF R3 Husemann & Kadavakollu Kumar & Landstad Neg
Bellevue Middle School Spring Invitational 5/19/2019 PF78 R1 Bellevue Chan & Sun Climb Luo & Okahata Neg
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/22/2019 PF Octas Kingston VS Puyallup SE Neg Neg on a 3-0
Winterlake Invitational 2/1/2019 OLD R6 Inglemoor Guo Forest Ridge Gupta Aff
Winterlake Invitational 2/1/2019 OLD R6 Interlake Bae Newport Chen Neg
Winterlake Invitational 2/1/2019 OPF R5 Interlake Dhawan & Lingireddy Boston College Luo & Moon Aff
Winterlake Invitational 2/1/2019 OPF R5 Roosevelt Fogg & McGrath Eastside Catholic Ivan & Schriever Aff
Winterlake Invitational 2/1/2019 OCX R4 Ingraham Strevey & Toms Garfield Lawson & Draper Neg
Winterlake Invitational 2/1/2019 OLD R3 Bellevue Li Eastside Catholic Jones Aff
Winterlake Invitational 2/1/2019 OCX R2 Garfield Harding & Chinowsky Ingraham Prieb & Orita Neg
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/2/2018 OLD quarte Newpor AXi Puyall DB Aff Neg on a 2-1
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/2/2018 NLD R5 Tacoma Christian JF Gig Harbor DR Aff
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/2/2018 NLD R5 Mercer Island ZW Gig Harbor AJ Aff
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/2/2018 NLD R4 Newport XZ Peninsula NJ Aff
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/2/2018 NLD R4 Mercer Island GZ Bethel HS RF Aff
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/17/2017 LD R6 EisenhowerNathan Yee Gonzaga PrepRyland O'Quinn Neg
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/17/2017 LD R5 Orcas Island Devon Mann Mount VernonAvindea Hanson Aff
Washington State Debate Tournament 3/17/2017 LD R1 FerrisAbby Albrecht Orcas Island Gunnar Sandwith Neg
Redmond Forensics Invitational 2/4/2017 LD R5 Newpor EJ BeaCre AS Neg
Redmond Forensics Invitational 2/4/2017 LD R5 Redmon CS BELUNI DP Aff
Redmond Forensics Invitational 2/4/2017 LD R3 Newpor JY BeaCre AS Aff
Redmond Forensics Invitational 2/4/2017 LD R3 Newpor EJ BELUNI DP Aff
83rd Annual Puget Sound High School Tournament 1/6/2017 NPF octas Anacor BL Curtis WT Aff on a 2-0
83rd Annual Puget Sound High School Tournament 1/6/2017 OPF R4 Southr BM Mt.Si BR Aff
83rd Annual Puget Sound High School Tournament 1/6/2017 OPF R4 BC OH Sunset PE Neg
83rd Annual Puget Sound High School Tournament 1/6/2017 LDNO R2 Newport Senior EJ Kamiak GK Aff
83rd Annual Puget Sound High School Tournament 1/6/2017 LDNO R2 Raisbeck Aviation LC BELLINGHAM UNITED DEBATE CLUB DP Aff