Greg Malis Paradigm

Last changed 1/11 5:23P CDT

I teach math and serve as chair of the math dept at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. I retired from coaching at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. I coached Policy and LD (as well as most every speech event) for over 25 years on the local and national circuit.

In the fall semester of 2018-19, I have not judged any rounds on any topic. You will need to explain topic specific abbreviations, acronyms, etc. a little more than you would normally. You will also need to go slower than normal, especially for the first 30 sec of each speech so I can adjust to you.

Email chain: gregmalis@newmanschool.org

My philosophy is in three sections. Section 1 applies to both policy and LD. Section 2 is policy-specific. Section 3 is LD-specific.

Section 1: Policy and LD

Speed. Go fast or slow. I don't really care. However, keep in mind that I think debaters have a tendency to go faster than they are physically capable of going. I won't read cards after the round to compensate for your lack of clarity, nor will I say "clearer" during your speech. In fact, I will only read cards after the round if there is actual debate on what a specific card may mean. Then, I may read THAT card to assess which debater is correct. Bottom line...I judge a lot of debates on the national circuit, so speed will not be an issue.

Theory. Theory should not be run for the sake of theory. I overhead another coach at a tournament tell his debaters to "always run theory." This viewpoint sickens me. If there is abuse, argue it. Be prepared to explain WHY your ground is being violated. What reasonable arguments can't be run because of what your opponent did? For example, an aff position that denies you disad or CP ground is only abusive if you are entitled to disad or CP ground. It becomes your burden to explain why you are so entitled. Theory should never be Plan A to win a round unless your opponent's interpretation, framework, or contention-level arguments really do leave you no alternative. I think reasonable people can determine whether the theory position has real merit or is just BS. If I think it's BS, I will give the alleged offender a lot of leeway.

Role of the Ballot. My ballot usually means nothing more than who won the game we were playing while all sitting in the same room. I don't believe I am sending a message to the debate community when I vote, nor do I believe that you are sending a message to the debate community when you speak, when you win, or when you lose. I don't believe that my ballot is a teaching tool even if there's an audience outside of the two debaters. I don't believe my ballot is endorsing a particular philosophy or possible action by some agent implied or explicitly stated in the resolution. Perhaps my ballot is endorsing your strategy if you win my ballot, so I am sending a message to you and your coach by voting for you, but that is about it. If you can persuade me otherwise, you are invited to try. However, if your language or conduct is found to be offensive, I will gladly use my ballot to send a message to you, your coach, and your teammates with a loss and/or fewer speaker points than desired.

Section 2: Policy only (although there are probably things in the LD section below that may interest you)

In general, I require that Affs read a plan and be topical. Performance-based strategies by either side are extremely difficult for me to evaluate largely because I don't know how to "weigh" one's performance over another's (although I have judged enough speech/interp, but I won't use those standards to pick a winner in a debate round). My approach to what constitutes an argument is traditional and conservative because that is how I was trained and that is how I have approached debate for the last 30 years.

I think K's need a solid link and a clear, viable, and competitive alt.

I best understand a negative strategy if consisting of counterplans, disads, case args.

Section 3: LD only (if you are an LDer who likes "policy" arguments in LD, you should read the above section}

Kritiks. In the end, whatever position you take still needs to resolve a conflict inherent (or explicitly stated) within the resolution. Aff's MUST affirm the resolution. Neg's MUST negate it. If your advocacy (personal or fiated action by some agent) does not actually advocate one side of the resolution over the other (as written by the framers), then you'll probably lose. I think debaters use phrases like "pre-fiat implications" all too often without explaining what it means or why it should be on such a level. Labeling a critical position as pre-fiat does not make it pre-fiat.

Topicality. I really do love a good T debate. I just don't hear many of them in LD. A debater will only win a T debate if (1) you read a definition and/or articulate an interpretation of specific words/phrases in the resolution being violated and (2) explain why your interp is better than your opponent's in terms of providing a fair limit - not too broad nor too narrow. I have a strong policy background (former policy debater and long-time policy debate coach). My view of T debates is the same for both.

Presumption. I don't presume aff or neg inherently. I presume the status quo. In some resolutions, it's clear as to who is advocating for change. In that case, I default to holding whoever advocates change in the status quo as having some burden of proof. If neither (or both) is advocating change, then presumption becomes debatable. However, I will work very hard to vote on something other than presumption since it seems like a copout. No debate is truly tied at the end of the game.

Plans vs Whole Res. I leave this up to the debaters to defend or challenge. I am more persuaded by your perspective if it has a resolutional basis. For example, the Sept/Oct 2016 topic has a plural agent, "countries" (which is rare for LD topics). Thus, identifying a single country to do the plan may be more of a topicality argument than a "theory" argument. In resolutions when the agent is more nebulous (e.g., "a just society"), then we're back to a question as what provides for a better debate.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R6 Woodward LH Montgomery Bell MB Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R5 Montgomery Bell ZK Woodward CO Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R4 Marist TO Montgomery Bell KK Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R3 USN KF Woodward GW Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R2 Montgomery Bell PS Woodward RG Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R1 Henry W Grady KL Woodward HO Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD Double Harvard-Westlake JD Northwood KK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD Triple Kamiak NB Marlborough AJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD Triple Colleyville Heritage SM Northwood VA Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R5 Harvard-Westlake EL Kent Denver SL Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R5 Harvard-Westlake SMc Colleyville Heritage SM Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R3 Harvard-Westlake AMo Loyola NT Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R2 Colleyville Heritage AL Harvard-Westlake JGl Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R2 Lynbrook YM Harvard-Westlake SP Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R1 Harvard-Westlake MG Bellarmine College Prep AP Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R1 Kent Denver DT Denver East TC Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX Double CK McClatchy LP Rowland Hall SP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R5 Wayzata MC College Prep CM Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R4 Rowland Hall TF Park City HS AH Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R3 Fullerton Union GK Wayzata SH Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R2 Rowland Hall CD Notre Dame DK Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R1 Meadows NS CK McClatchy LP Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R6 Blue Valley North AC Barstow SF Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R3 Fayetteville BG Winston Churchill CB Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R1 Wichita East DN Crossings Christian DS Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD Double Harvard-Westlake SP Carroll HS - Southlake SM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R5 Harrison LC Harvard-Westlake AM Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R4 Harvard-Westlake VC Westwood RS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R3 Harvard-Westlake JN Little Rock Central ST Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD R3 Marlborough SD Alief Taylor SH Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD Quarte Winston Churchill WC Cypress Woods CJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD Octafi Westwood JA Law Magnet MG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD Double Westwood AG Cypress Woods YW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R4 Hockaday AS Carroll Senior AP Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R4 Greenhill MR Lovejoy CM Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R3 Jasper NG John Paul II KA Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R3 Law Magnet MG Guyer CM Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R2 Hebron PN LC Anderson DG Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R2 LC Anderson SJ Westwood RS Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R1 Keller JB Westwood JA Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R1 John Paul II BT LC Anderson WM Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX Octa Oregon Episcopal CO Cypress Bay CS Neg Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX Double Kent Denver KT Interlake NT Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX R5 CK McClatchy MR Rose city LS Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX R3 Manual Arts Senior RM Skyline BZ Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX R2 Sonoma KG Lowell WT Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD Double Loyola NT Brentwood EB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD Double Harvard-Westlake KiKi Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KO Neg Neg on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R6 Brentwood ELi Harvard-Westlake SK Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R5 Bellarmine MI Northwood KK Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R5 Puyallup AA Salpointe Catholic MM Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R4 Northwood VA Layton ZB Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R4 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's LC Eagle CW Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R3 Bellarmine RB Marlborough SD Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R3 Lynbrook CW Harvard-Westlake AM Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R2 Harvard-Westlake WB East BT Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R2 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's AA Harvard-Westlake LM Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R1 Bellarmine AP Layton AN Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD R1 Kent Denver DT Northwest Career And Technical CF Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD WAU Greenhill SK Lexington NB Neg Neg on a 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R5 Law Magnet MG Greenhill SK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R4 Lexington RW Oakwood AW Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R3 Vestavia Hills RP Greenhill BZ Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX Octofi Mountain Brook HK Marist AV Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R6 Montgomery Bell KK Mountain Brook HK Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R5 Montgomery Bell HP Milton VR Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R3 Mountain Brook MW Montgomery Bell ZG Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R2 Woodward KK Alpharetta MS Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R1 Marist AV Montgomery Bell FR Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 CX R4 Strath Haven GM Brooklyn Technical DY Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 CX R2 Edgemont CM La Salle College MM Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD Double Harvard-Westlake CE Northland Christian MP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R5 Westwood AG Marlborough MC Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R4 Harvard-Westlake EE Cypress Woods LC Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R4 Brentwood EL Harrison LC Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R3 La Canada AZ Harvard-Westlake CE Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R2 Harvard-Westlake JD Kent Denver CJ Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R1 Grapevine HS Peninsula JL Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R1 Grapevine TS Northland Christian MP Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD Octafi Cypress Woods LC Greenhill SK Aff Neg on a 2-1
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD Double Northland Christian MP Harvard-Westlake JD Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD Double Harvard-Westlake VC Westwood SN Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD R5 Greenhill MK Texas Academy MX Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD R5 Greenhill MR Katy Taylor AW Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD R4 Cypress Woods LC Plano Senior ES Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD R3 Southlake Carroll PD LC Anderson JT Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD R3 Westwood RS Union BS Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD R2 Edina JR Greenhill SK Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD R2 Dulles AW Northland Christian MP Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD R1 Westwood JA Klein Oak AG Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R6 Mountain Brook HS Gulliver Prep BG Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R5 New Trier KS Lexington GL Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R4 Cypress Bay B New Trier SY Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R3 USN BK Milton RV Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R2 Cathedral Preparatory LS Lexington ZK Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R1 Gulliver Prep PM Mona Shores BW Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Triple Harker SN Greenhill BE Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R4 Sprague BR Greenhill SK Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R3 Oakwood School - North Hollywood AW Harker NT Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R3 Harvard-Westlake VC Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KO Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R2 Henry W. Grady WT Hockaday CJ Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R2 Loyola NT Harvard-Westlake CE Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R1 Brentwood CH Harvard-Westlake SP Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD R1 Greenhill BE Loyola HF Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R6 Greenhill BE Northland Christian ML Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R6 Cambridge Rindge and Latin PO Harrison RP Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R4 Grapevine NS New Trier NKa Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R4 Northland Christian MP New Trier LK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R3 Henry W. Grady CD Greenhill GB Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R3 Harvard-Westlake CC Greenhill VA Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX Octafi Marist AV Calhoun BF Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX R5 Milton FM Woodward AS Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 NCX R3 Montgomery Bell BH Marist AA Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX R1 Woodward MP Mountain Brook WS Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF Final Nueva MS Walt Whitman AA Aff Aff on a 3-2
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD R3 Harrison LCo Westford VA Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD R2 Brentwood WJ Bridgewater-Raritan I RK Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD R1 Lake Mary CM Harrison MZi Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 LD R4 Lambert Sujin Cho Henry W. Grady Reid Barry Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 LD R4 Northview Ishan Vaish George Walton Comprehensive Tangya Tan Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R3 Johns Creek Buck & Tang Woodward Abramson & Haskins Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R2 Johns Creek Ausburn & Wang Montgomery Bell Young & Zhang Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R1 Montgomery Bell Zhang_'17 & Daniels Johns Creek Loftus & Regev Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX R6 BisGue SA CarSch PG Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX R3 Westwo CL DenGuy SS Aff
2015 Golden Desert Debates 1/31/2015 PF Octas St Francis KT Fairmont Preparatory KP Neg Neg on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round Westminster Schools SS Chattahoochee DN Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 NCX Round USN HG Montgomery Bell HR Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round Chattahoochee CG Woodward HS Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round Woodward CM Chattahoochee MT Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round Niles North EB Chattahoochee WS Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Double Greenhill VA Marcus LH Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round Apple Valley SO Greenhill GB Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round Greenhill VA Harvard-Westlake CC Aff
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round Colleyville Heritage AC Brentwood CH Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round ESD ZS Eastside Catholic TD Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round Grapevine HK Harvard-Westlake CE Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round Northland Christian DS Harvard-Westlake JN Aff
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round Winston Churchill ME Harvard-Westlake EE Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD Triple Cypress Bay JF Presentation SK Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R7 Harvard Westlake BC Elko HS Forensics QE Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R6 Christopher Columbus LR Brentwood CH Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R6 Harvard Westlake DM Interlake JCh Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R5 Meadows BC Torrey Pines HS Speech and Debate ET Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R5 College Prep CL Greenhill VA Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R4 Houston Memorial RM Brentwood JC Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R4 Christopher Columbus NA Cherry Creek NP Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R3 Cherry Creek RM Northland Christian DL Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R3 Northland Christian DS Harvard Westlake KD Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R1 Brentwood MR Cherry Creek MH Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD R1 Harvard Westlake NSi Brentwood KA Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2013 LD Qtr Greenhill RK Harrison DD Aff Aff on a 3-0
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2013 LD R7 Greenhill RK Strake Jesuit JD Aff
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD Double RRock BL NorthlSH Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD Triple HarvarJE SnohomSC Neg Aff on a 2-1
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD Triple FlowerJA TorreyVB Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD 4 St. FrSR NorthlMZ Neg
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD 4 James AN LibertMG Aff
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD 1 NorthlML MissioAH Aff