Helen Liu ParadigmLast changed 2/20 8:57A PDT
I am a parent of an LD debater, so I have no experience in debating myself. However, I have judged many rounds at league tournaments and the Cal Invitational 2016. I am definitely a lay judge, and prefer if you can provide a clear, persuasive argument that has a conversational feel, so no spreading please. I try my best not to bring any biases into the round so my judgment can be solely based on whoever has persuaded me with their framework and arguments the best.
i will not be timing, so please time each other.
Handshakes are fine, don't really mind either way; definitely will not influence anything in anyway. Just a quick thank you will be fine and appreciated.
Overall, my final decision is based on whoever best convinced me. If I hear anything that may be technically correct but doesn't convince me or make sense to me, I will not vote on it.
I give speaker points mainly for encouragement, especially in JV, so will RARELY give anything less than 25 unless blatantly rude or impolite. More points for good presentation: delivery, body language, enunciation.