Joseph LeDuc Paradigm

Last changed 12/6 9:56P EDT

Short Answer: Debate is for the debaters and I mean that. Do what you want and I will do my best to evaluate the debate. I competed in policy debate for 8 years (2007-2015) and have coached many different teams at the high school and college level. I am well accustomed to the vocabulary, concepts, and debate application of a wide variety of schools of thought. I have judged very few rounds on this topic and I do not coach any HS teams so don't expect me to know a lot of the nuances or conversations about this topic. Debaters who explain those nuances and communicate those distinctions effectively will be rewarded.

Long Answer:

Debate isn't one dimensional. I believe that people do debate for a plurality of reasons including but not limited to educational enrichment, competitive ambitions, activist commitments, useless expenditure, policy training, artistic expression, or the game itself. I believe that debaters, coaches, and community members ususally have a complicated relationship with debate, especially debating at this particular historical moment. Debaters who can execute positions that articulate not only the importance of the content they are presenting but also the manner in which they are presenting their content are ahead of the curve in my book. I invest a lot in questions not only of what we should advocate or what we learn but also what type of people debate is training us to be.

I tend to be expressive when I judge so debaters who are attuned to my reactions during the round will get a lot of valuable information and feedback about how I think the debate is going.

Clarity is a huge issue for me. I think that many debaters could benefit from slowing down in order to say more. I value depth in argument over a large volume of technical arguments or cards. I find myself reading less and less evidence as I judge more so if you want me to stack up the ev at the end of a debate, you're going to have to do the comparison in your speeches.

When it comes to issues of framework/topicality, I am much more persuaded by substantively answering the aff through a competing methodology or starting-point instead of as an issue of fairness or contestability. This means I don't find procedural fairness to be a persuasive impact in and of itself. I will not be persuaded by the argument that it is impossible to debate against the affirmative or characterizing the essence of an affirmative to the argument "X is bad." I am much more persuaded by theoretical arguments on framework that are internal links to substantive framework impacts. This doesn't mean that I won't listen to framework/T but you are much better off going for a competitive criticism to the aff.

For the left, although I am familiar with many of the concepts and traditions routinely executed in debate, I tend to have a higher threshold for explanation. Using buzzwords as replacement for indepth link analysis or the way the alternative is tailored to the aff will not be a winner. This threshold for explanation also applies to more traditional debates. Being able to assess and compare impacts is essential not only late in the debate but early on if you want to establish a framing for me to view the rest of the debate.

I'm not the judge for your trolling or gotcha backfile checks (nuclear malthus, wipeout etc.).

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
The Conway at Gonzaga University 1/4/2019 OpeCX Octo Interlake FC Kamiak BD Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Conway at Gonzaga University 1/4/2019 OpeCX R6 Davis Senior WN OES TC Neg
The Conway at Gonzaga University 1/4/2019 NovCX R5 Asian Debate League BP Interlake TY Aff
The Conway at Gonzaga University 1/4/2019 OpeCX R4 Asian Debate League EC Kamiak BD Neg
The Conway at Gonzaga University 1/4/2019 OpeCX R3 Emery CS Ferris BC Aff
The Conway at Gonzaga University 1/4/2019 OpeCX R2 Gonzaga Prep RB Timberline BM Aff
The Conway at Gonzaga University 1/4/2019 OpeCX R1 Nevada Union AN Head Royce RW Neg
Saint Georges Invitational 12/7/2018 OPol Finals OES OW Kamiak DB Aff Aff on a 2-1
Saint Georges Invitational 12/7/2018 OPol Semis Interlake FY Kamiak DB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Saint Georges Invitational 12/7/2018 OPol Quarte OES OW Damien BG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Saint Georges Invitational 12/7/2018 OPol R5 Garfield DL Damien BG Neg
Saint Georges Invitational 12/7/2018 OPol R4 Ingraham ST Garfield FT Aff
Saint Georges Invitational 12/7/2018 OPol R3 Interlake FY OES OW Aff
Saint Georges Invitational 12/7/2018 OPol R2 Gonzaga Prep RB Kamiak DB Neg
Saint Georges Invitational 12/7/2018 OPol R1 Garfield PB St George's CS Aff
Feline Frenzy 11/30/2018 OCX Semifi Lewis and Clark PC St George's GD Neg Neg on a 3-0
Feline Frenzy 11/30/2018 OCX R5 St George's ND Coeur D'Alene TE Aff
Feline Frenzy 11/30/2018 OCX R4 St George's GD Gonzaga Prep BR Aff
Feline Frenzy 11/30/2018 NCX R3 Mead ML CDA Charter FS Aff
Feline Frenzy 11/30/2018 OCX R1 St George's CR Lewis and Clark GR Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/28/2017 Open RD 8 Texas AM Nevada Las Vegas AK Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/28/2017 Open RD 6 Minnesota JK Arizona State FG Neg
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/28/2017 Open RD 4 Minnesota FW Rutgers-Newark CW Neg
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Quarte Rutgers-Newark NM Missouri - Kansas City AT Aff Aff on a 3-2
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Octos Rutgers-Newark NM Southern California BL Aff Aff on a 5-2
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Double West Georgia MJ Missouri - Kansas City AT Neg Neg on a 4-1
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round Rutgers-Newark WC West Georgia CC Aff Aff on a 3-0
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round Towson BM West Georgia MJ Aff Neg on a 2-1
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round Central Oklahoma CM James Madison LW Neg Neg on a 2-1
Conway Classic at Gonzaga University 1/6/2017 OpeCX Quarte Heritage Hall DV Gulliver Prep MP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Conway Classic at Gonzaga University 1/6/2017 OpeCX Octo Ingraham VZ Heritage Hall DV Neg Neg on a 3-0
Conway Classic at Gonzaga University 1/6/2017 OpeCX R6 Interlake DS Fullerton Union GK Aff
Conway Classic at Gonzaga University 1/6/2017 OpeCX R5 OES (Oregon Episcopal School) LR Heritage Hall DV Neg
Conway Classic at Gonzaga University 1/6/2017 OpeCX R4 Vashon DK Nevada Union MR Neg
Conway Classic at Gonzaga University 1/6/2017 OpeCX R3 Ingraham DK Garfield PB Aff
Conway Classic at Gonzaga University 1/6/2017 OpeCX R2 OES (Oregon Episcopal School) CJ Ingraham VZ Aff
Conway Classic at Gonzaga University 1/6/2017 OpeCX R1 CK McClatchy NM Ingraham TZ Aff
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR OCTS Rutgers-Newark NM Towson BM Aff Aff on a 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR DBLS Nevada Las Vegas AK Southern California BL Aff Neg on a 3-2
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 7 Pittsburgh LD Oklahoma WJ Neg
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 5 Nevada Las Vegas AK Indiana FH Aff
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 3 Rutgers-Newark MW Indiana PG Aff
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 1 West Georgia CC Wisconsin- Madison DR Aff
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/23/2016 CX Semifi Stuyvesant HC Brooklyn Independent Debate YD Neg Neg on a 3-0
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/23/2016 CX Quarte Ransom Everglades CF Brooklyn Independent Debate YD Neg Neg on a 3-0
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/23/2016 CX R6 Unionville DY Cathedral Preparatory LS Aff
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/23/2016 CX R5 Pittsburgh Central Catholic DW Stuyvesant DS Neg
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/23/2016 CX R3 Baltimore City BC La Salle College MM Neg
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/23/2016 CX R2 Ransom Everglades CF Stuyvesant YW Aff
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/23/2016 CX R1 Strath Haven GM Stuyvesant FW Aff
GDI 6 Week RR 7/28/2016 R5 Ferguson & Nelson Min & Kaul Neg
GDI 6 Week RR 7/28/2016 R4 Vera & Kornfein Cho & Shan Neg
GDI 6 Week RR 7/28/2016 R3 Cho & Shan Ross & Lair Aff
GDI 6 Week RR 7/28/2016 R2 Aoki & Sun Wilson & Ramesh Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Vars O HoHoDuck11 RN Original Glasers PO Aff Aff on a 3-0
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Vars 2x Original Glasers PO HoHoDuck11 NG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Vars R6 HoHoDuck11 RN Original Glasers MA Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Champ R6 Xióng Ca Xióng KM Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Vars R5 Original Glasers PS Hú Hóu FK Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Champ R5 Xióng LR Scholars LB Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Vars R4 Hú Hóu LH SHNEPDO MF Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Champ R4 Xióng RW Scholars VO Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Champ R3 Xióng HR Xióng WS Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Vars R3 HoHoDuck11 CB Original Glasers BF Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Champ R2 Xióng NF Scholars CY Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Vars R2 Paige Against The Machine RP Original Glasers PO Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Champ R1 Xióng Su Scholars WM Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/19/2016 Vars R1 Hú Hóu PH Original Glasers WO Neg
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Double Vermont BL United States Military BS Neg Neg on a 5-0
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round Kansas State KS Indiana SH Aff Aff on a 3-0
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round Vermont BL Liberty BC Aff Neg on a 2-1
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round Wichita State OS Rutgers-Newark HQ Neg Neg on a 3-0
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round Samford BD Oklahoma CS Neg Neg on a 3-0
New York City UDL State Tournament 3/19/2016 NLD R6 Harrison JW
New York City UDL State Tournament 3/19/2016 VCX R3 Edgemont JM Brooklyn Technical PZ Aff
New York City UDL State Tournament 3/19/2016 VCX R2 Institute for Collaborative Education YL Edgemont LM Neg
Gonzaga University HS Tournament Conway Classic 1/8/2016 OpeCX Semi St George's MV Interlake GJ Aff Aff on a 2-1
Gonzaga University HS Tournament Conway Classic 1/8/2016 OpeCX Quarte Interlake GJ CK McClatchy HN Aff Aff on a 3-0
Gonzaga University HS Tournament Conway Classic 1/8/2016 OpeCX Octo Oregon Episcopal School (OES) JL St George's MV Neg Neg on a 3-0
Gonzaga University HS Tournament Conway Classic 1/8/2016 OpeCX Double Denver independent RW Ingraham KJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Gonzaga University HS Tournament Conway Classic 1/8/2016 OpeCX R6 Nevada Union FH Denver independent RW Aff
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R8 Cornell LT Liberty CS Neg
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R5 Indiana AH Oklahoma SP Aff
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R4 Cal State Fullerton DG Iowa OS Aff
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R3 Liberty BC Oklahoma SW Aff
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R2 Arizona State BR Indiana KS Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Round GeoMas HM Rutger CS Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 JV Round GeoMas CL JamMad CH Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Round Bingha BS JamMad PD Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Schol Finals $corpion$ SR Anonymous MP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Open Octas Rage Against The Machine HJ Snaps4Surveillance LJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Open Double D.W.A DH Holy Schmitt GS Neg Aff on a 2-1
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Schol R6 $corpion$ SR Anonymous BR Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Open R6 Thuff Lab BV Holy Schmitt AV Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Open R5 Rage Against The Machine MB D.W.A ML Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Open R4 Snaps4Surveillance WS Holy Schmitt BM Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Open R3 Holy Schmitt MM D.W.A DH Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Open R2 19db84 KR Snaps4Surveillance WT Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Open R1 19db84 ZE Thuff Lab LC Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/22/2015 Schol R1 Anonymous AB $corpion$ CW Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 CX R4 Jenks DR Peninsula TW Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/25/2015 CX R2 Niles West CH Kinkaid BY Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open Octos Niles West CH Edgemont XK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open Double Baltimore City College GM WDM Valley BD Aff Aff on a 3-0
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R5 Baltimore City College BS Henry W. Grady CR Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R4 Alpharetta HS Edgemont XK Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R3 Berkeley Prep MS St. Vincent de Paul PR Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R2 Baltimore City College GM Alpharetta KK Aff