Greg Malis Paradigm

Last changed Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 3:12 AM UTC

I coach and teach at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. I have been coaching LD and policy (as well as most every speech event) for over 20 years. I have judged many debates on the local, regional, and national circuits.

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 Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD 1 Kent Denver DT Denver East TC AFF
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD 1 Harvard-Westlake MG Bellarmine College Prep AP NEG
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD 2 Lynbrook YM Harvard-Westlake SP NEG
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD 2 Colleyville Heritage AL Harvard-Westlake JGl NEG
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD 3 Harvard-Westlake AMo Loyola NT NEG
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD 5 Harvard-Westlake EL Kent Denver SL NEG
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD 5 Harvard-Westlake SMc Colleyville Heritage SM NEG
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD Triples Colleyville Heritage SM Northwood VA NEG
Northwood on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD Triples Kamiak NB Marlborough AJ AFF
Kamiak NB on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD Doubles Harvard-Westlake JD Northwood KK AFF
Harvard-We on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX 1 Meadows NS CK McClatchy LP NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX 2 Rowland Hall CD Notre Dame DK AFF
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX 3 Fullerton Union GK Wayzata SH NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX 4 Rowland Hall TF Park City HS AH NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX 5 Wayzata MC College Prep CM NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX Doubles CK McClatchy LP Rowland Hall SP AFF
CK McClatc on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX 1 Wichita East DN Crossings Christian DS NEG
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX 3 Fayetteville BG Winston Churchill CB NEG
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX 6 Blue Valley North AC Barstow SF NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD 3 Harvard-Westlake JN Little Rock Central ST AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD 3 Marlborough SD Alief Taylor SH AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD 4 Harvard-Westlake VC Westwood RS AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD 5 Harrison LC Harvard-Westlake AM NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 LD Double Octas Harvard-Westlake SP Carroll HS - Southlake SM AFF
Harvard-We on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD 1 John Paul II BT LC Anderson WM AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD 1 Keller JB Westwood JA NEG
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD 2 LC Anderson SJ Westwood RS AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD 2 Hebron PN LC Anderson DG AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD 3 Jasper NG John Paul II KA AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD 3 Law Magnet MG Guyer CM AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD 4 Hockaday AS Carroll Senior AP NEG
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD 4 Greenhill MR Lovejoy CM AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD Doubles Westwood AG Cypress Woods YW NEG
Cypress Wo on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD Octafinals Westwood JA Law Magnet MG AFF
Westwood J on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD Quarterfinals Winston Churchill WC Cypress Woods CJ NEG
Cypress Wo on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX 2 Sonoma KG Lowell WT AFF
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX 3 Manual Arts Senior RM Skyline BZ NEG
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX 5 CK McClatchy MR Rose city LS AFF
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX Double Kent Denver KT Interlake NT NEG
Interlake on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 JVCX Octa Oregon Episcopal CO Cypress Bay CS NEG
Cypress Ba on a 2-1
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 1 Bellarmine AP Layton AN NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 1 Kent Denver DT Northwest Career And Technical CF AFF
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 2 Harvard-Westlake WB East BT AFF
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 2 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's AA Harvard-Westlake LM NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 3 Bellarmine RB Marlborough SD NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 3 Lynbrook CW Harvard-Westlake AM AFF
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 4 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's LC Eagle CW AFF
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 4 Northwood VA Layton ZB NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 5 Puyallup AA Salpointe Catholic MM NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 5 Bellarmine MI Northwood KK NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD 6 Brentwood ELi Harvard-Westlake SK NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD Doubles Loyola NT Brentwood EB NEG
Brentwood on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 VLD Doubles Harvard-Westlake KiKi Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KO NEG
Rowland Ha on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD 3 Vestavia Hills RP Greenhill BZ NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD 4 Lexington RW Oakwood AW AFF
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD 5 Law Magnet MG Greenhill SK NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD WAU Greenhill SK Lexington NB NEG
Lexington on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX 1 Marist AV Montgomery Bell FR AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX 2 Woodward KK Alpharetta MS NEG
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX 3 Mountain Brook MW Montgomery Bell ZG AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX 5 Montgomery Bell HP Milton VR AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX 6 Montgomery Bell KK Mountain Brook HK NEG
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX Octofinals Mountain Brook HK Marist AV NEG
Marist AV on a 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 CX 2 Edgemont CM La Salle College MM AFF
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 CX 4 Strath Haven GM Brooklyn Technical DY AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 1 Grapevine TS Northland Christian MP NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 1 Grapevine HS Peninsula JL NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 2 Harvard-Westlake JD Kent Denver CJ AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 3 La Canada AZ Harvard-Westlake CE NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 4 Harvard-Westlake EE Cypress Woods LC NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 4 Brentwood EL Harrison LC NEG
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD 5 Westwood AG Marlborough MC AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD Double Octas Harvard-Westlake CE Northland Christian MP AFF
Harvard-We on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD 1 Westwood JA Klein Oak AG NEG
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD 2 Dulles AW Northland Christian MP NEG
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD 2 Edina JR Greenhill SK NEG
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD 3 Westwood RS Union BS AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD 3 Southlake Carroll PD LC Anderson JT NEG
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD 4 Cypress Woods LC Plano Senior ES AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD 5 Greenhill MR Katy Taylor AW AFF
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD 5 Greenhill MK Texas Academy MX NEG
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD Doubles Harvard-Westlake VC Westwood SN NEG
Westwood S on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD Doubles Northland Christian MP Harvard-Westlake JD NEG
Harvard-We on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/9/2016 LD Octafinals Cypress Woods LC Greenhill SK AFF
Greenhill on a 2-1
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 1 Gulliver Prep PM Mona Shores BW NEG
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 2 Cathedral Preparatory LS Lexington ZK NEG
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 3 USN BK Milton RV AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 4 Cypress Bay B New Trier SY NEG
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 5 New Trier KS Lexington GL AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 6 Mountain Brook HS Gulliver Prep BG AFF
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 1 Brentwood CH Harvard-Westlake SP NEG
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 1 Greenhill BE Loyola HF AFF
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 2 Loyola NT Harvard-Westlake CE NEG
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 2 Henry W. Grady WT Hockaday CJ AFF
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 3 Harvard-Westlake VC Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KO NEG
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 3 Oakwood School - North Hollywood AW Harker NT NEG
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD 4 Sprague BR Greenhill SK NEG
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VLD Triples Harker SN Greenhill BE NEG
Greenhill on a 1-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD 3 Henry W. Grady CD Greenhill GB NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD 3 Harvard-Westlake CC Greenhill VA AFF
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD 4 Northland Christian MP New Trier LK NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD 4 Grapevine NS New Trier NKa NEG
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD 6 Greenhill BE Northland Christian ML AFF
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD 6 Cambridge Rindge and Latin PO Harrison RP AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX 1 Woodward MP Mountain Brook WS AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 NCX 3 Montgomery Bell BH Marist AA AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX 5 Milton FM Woodward AS AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX Octafinals Marist AV Calhoun BF NEG
Calhoun BF on a 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD 1 Lake Mary CM Harrison MZi NEG
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD 2 Brentwood WJ Bridgewater-Raritan I RK AFF
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 LD 3 Harrison LCo Westford VA AFF
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF Final Nueva MS Walt Whitman AA PRO
Nueva MS on a 3-2
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP 1 Montgomery Bell Zhang_'17 & Daniels Johns Creek Loftus & Regev NEG
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP 2 Johns Creek Ausburn & Wang Montgomery Bell Young & Zhang NEG
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP 3 Johns Creek Buck & Tang Woodward Abramson & Haskins NEG
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 LD 4 Lambert Sujin Cho Henry W. Grady Reid Barry NEG
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 LD 4 Northview Ishan Vaish George Walton Comprehensive Tangya Tan AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX 3 Westwo CL DenGuy SS AFF
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX 6 BisGue SA CarSch PG AFF
2015 Golden Desert Debates 1/31/2015 PF Octas St Francis KT Fairmont Preparatory KP NEG
Fairmont P on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round 1 Niles North EB Chattahoochee WS NEG
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round 2 Woodward CM Chattahoochee MT AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round 3 Chattahoochee CG Woodward HS NEG
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 NCX Round 5 USN HG Montgomery Bell HR AFF
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round 6 Westminster Schools SS Chattahoochee DN AFF
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round 1 Winston Churchill ME Harvard-Westlake EE NEG
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round 1 Northland Christian DS Harvard-Westlake JN AFF
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round 2 Grapevine HK Harvard-Westlake CE NEG
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round 2 ESD ZS Eastside Catholic TD NEG
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round 3 Colleyville Heritage AC Brentwood CH NEG
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round 4 Greenhill VA Harvard-Westlake CC AFF
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Round 4 Apple Valley SO Greenhill GB NEG
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 LD Doubles7 Greenhill VA Marcus LH AFF
Greenhill on a 2-1
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 1 Brentwood MR Cherry Creek MH AFF
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 1 Harvard Westlake NSi Brentwood KA NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 3 Northland Christian DS Harvard Westlake KD AFF
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 3 Cherry Creek RM Northland Christian DL NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 4 Houston Memorial RM Brentwood JC NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 4 Christopher Columbus NA Cherry Creek NP AFF
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 5 Meadows BC Torrey Pines HS Speech and Debate ET AFF
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 5 College Prep CL Greenhill VA NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 6 Harvard Westlake DM Interlake JCh NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 6 Christopher Columbus LR Brentwood CH NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD 7 Harvard Westlake BC Elko HS Forensics QE NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VLD Triples Cypress Bay JF Presentation SK AFF
Cypress Ba on a 3-0
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2013 LD 7 Greenhill RK Strake Jesuit JD AFF
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2013 LD Qtr Greenhill RK Harrison DD AFF
Greenhill on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD 1 NorthlML MissioAH AFF
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 Triples HarvarJE SnohomSC NEG
HarvarJE on a 2-1
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD Triples FlowerJA TorreyVB AFF
FlowerJA on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational - UC Berkeley 2/16/2013 VLD Doubles RRock BL NorthlSH AFF
RRock BL on a 2-1