Justin Harbour Paradigm

Last changed 2/10 9:55A EDT

I have been judging and coaching Lincoln Douglas debate for 2 years. As an academic, I have researched judging philosophies. Based on what I’ve learned and my interpretation of the unique aspects of Lincoln Douglas debate, the following describes my judging paradigm.

Lincoln Douglas debate is a clash of values. The value represents a means to a world “as it should be.” Thus, the debater that upholds their value best will likely win the round. Here are some specific points that I believe are important:

  1. Analysis – The debater will clearly present a logical argument and also effectively refute the opponent’s case.
  2. Proof – There should be a sufficient quantity and quality of evidence to support the case. More evidence is not always better. The contentions should also link back to the value.
  3. Organization - There should be a logical and orderly presentation throughout the round.
  4. Refutation/ Clash – The better debater will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze the opponent’s arguments and develop clear and logical responses with effective use of evidence and examples.
  5. Delivery – The speech must be understandable, interesting, and persuasive. An LD debater should demonstrate effective oral communication skills including effective reading; clear and understandable delivery; persuasive vocal argumentation; presence; and eye contact. “Spreading” during rounds is discouraged for this reason – in opposition to overwhelming your opponent with speed that renders you unintelligible, a superior ability to identify and present the best arguments concisely is a much better representation of analytical acumen and the intent of LD debate.

Good luck to all competitors. I look forward to observing, critiquing, and judging your rounds.

Best,

JH

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
PCFL JV Finals 2019 3/30/2019 JVLD R4 CR North NS Truman CN Neg
PCFL JV Finals 2019 3/30/2019 JVLD R3 Bishop Shanahan JW CR North SS Aff
PCFL JV Finals 2019 3/30/2019 JVLD R1 Holy Ghost Prep LV Unionville AA Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Chaminade CB Asheville MG Aff
Just January PCFL at Archbishop Wood 1/25/2019 JVLD R3 CR North RF Unionville CM Aff
Just January PCFL at Archbishop Wood 1/25/2019 JVLD R2 CR North MM Unionville AA Aff
Just January PCFL at Archbishop Wood 1/25/2019 VLD R1 Unionville DJ Bishop Shanahan BR Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD Quarte Unionville CM State AT Neg Neg on a 3-0
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD R3 State AT Strath Haven MP Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 JVLD R3 State VZ Strath Haven MR Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 VLD R1 Dallastown NK State AW Neg
La Salle Forum Invitational 12/8/2018 VLD R1 Dallastown AR Bishop Shanahan BR Aff
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD Semis Woodrow Wilson ES Cary WA Aff Aff on a 2-1
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD Quarte Bronx HS Of Science WF Unionville LI Aff Aff on a 3-0
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R5 Ridge TN Unionville DJ Aff
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R4 Holy Ghost Prep AH Achievement First Brooklyn DD Neg
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R3 Achievement First Brooklyn CE Dallastown RPa Neg
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R2 Bronx HS Of Science WF Collegiate PJ Aff
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R1 Danville Area EH Woodrow Wilson TM Neg
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 VLD Final William Tennent NS CR North AS Aff Aff on a 3-0
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 JVLD Semi Unionville DJ Hunterdon Central AE Aff Aff on a 3-0
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 VLD Quarte CR North AS Montville DP Aff Aff on a 3-0
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 JVLD R4 Gettysburg Area QJ Truman CM Aff
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 VLD R3 Bishop Shanahan BR CR North JW Aff
William Tennent Invitational 11/3/2018 VLD R1 CR North MS Ridgewood NF Neg
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R5 Rocky Mountain CS King AB Neg
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/17/2018 VLD R3 McDowell ZK Ridge KT Neg
PCFL No Suit November at Academy at Palumbo 11/9/2017 VLD R3 CR North JZ Bishop Shanahan BR Aff
PCFL No Suit November at Academy at Palumbo 11/9/2017 VLD R1 William Tennent EK CR North FT Aff