Julia Wu ParadigmLast changed 2/16 10:15A EDT
Lake Highland Prep ’19
I debated for Lake Highland for five years and went to the TOC my sophomore, junior, and senior year.
UPDATE FOR HARVARD AFTER R1: I will no longer evaluate "give me a 30" arguments unless you have an exceptionally good reason for why I should give you a 30. I will just give speaks based on how well I think you debated.
I don’t really have a preference towards judging any particular type of argument. As a debater, I read a lot of high theory, phil, theory/T, Ks, and sometimes I read tricks. You should read arguments in whatever style you are most comfortable with and I will do my best to evaluate the round. I'll always try to take the route of least intervention when I'm judging. As long as an argument has a claim, warrant, impact, I will vote on it. However, I will drop you for reading anything blatantly racist, misogynistic, ableist, anti-queer, etc.
If you're reading a confusing or dense position, make sure that you explain it well. Don't assume that I'll fill in the blanks for you if you make half-baked arguments just because I read something in that literature base as a debater. Also if you are reading blippy tricks just make sure you slow down enough that I can flow a warrant for all of them.
I will not vote on "evaluate the theory debate after the [insert speech] if the argument is made in the speech mentioned in the spike. For example, I won't vote on "evaluate the theory debate after the 2nr" if it's made in the 2nr. This is because any answer to the spike is technically a theory argument, making it unclear if even evaluating answers to the argument are legitimate. I will also not vote on this argument in any speech absent a clear articulation of what constitutes the theory debate and just generally have a low threshold for responses.
Here are my defaults (I will only use these if there is literally nothing said about these issues by either side and it will make me very sad):
- truth testing (what it means for something to be "true" or "false" can be determined through a rob or framework)
- my presumption default works the same as Grant Brown’s: “I default presume negative, unless there is an alternative advocacy (counterplan, kritik) in the 2NR without the choice of the status-quo, in which case I presume affirmative.”
- permissibility negates
- layers (theory, t, rob) can be weighed against each other
Speaks: I try to average around a 28ish but don't have a strict model of: do x for x speaks. I'll assign speaks based on good strategic decisions and knowing your positions well. Basically just be smart and don't be rude.
Here are some judges that I aspire to be like: Tom Evnen, Becca Traber, Grant Brown, John Staunton, Madi Crowley, and Vishaal Kunta.
If you have any specific questions, email me, facebook message me, or ask me before the round starts and I’ll be happy to answer them!