Jordana Sternberg Paradigm

Last changed 9/3 4:41P EDT

Director of Debate at Westminster, former lawyer, college debater before that -- but slow it down a little if you want your arguments to make it to my flow, which is usually on paper.

I know VERY LITTLE about the arms sales topic, and I don't know the nuances of any T arguments. Don't assume, and explain well.

Put me on the email chain at wildcatstalkfast@gmail.com

Quick thoughts:

1) Make your speeches flowable. I can listen and flow as fast as you can speak but not if you are reading pre-written blocks at top speed with no breaks or changes in inflection. If you're going to read blocks, try to at least pretend you're not reading blocks by having breaks between arguments, emphasizing tags, slowing it down a little on analytics, etc. You are also a lot more likely to hold my attention to details and help me not miss stuff that way. I will reward your speaker points if you do a good job of this.

You would be shocked at how many "good" judges think the same thing about block-reading and the above advice, and how little some judges are flowing, or even catching, of what you think you said.

2) I disagree with approaches that make the personal identity of the debaters in the round relevant to the decision in the debate, especially for high-school-aged students, and I am also not a good judge for these debates because I often do not understand what the judge is being asked to vote for. This does not mean you can't read K arguments or arguments about race or identity, in fact there are many K arguments that I think are true and make a lot of sense, I just don't think a teacher should in the position of ratifying or rejecting the personal identity or experiences of a teenager.

3) "Death good" arguments can be a reason to reject the team.

4) There needs to be a fair stasis point in order to have good debates. Debate is good.

5) Theory: You are really taking your chances if you rely on a sketchy CP that requires winning a lot of theory, because I do not spend a lot of time outside of debate rounds thinking about theory. I can't tell you which way I will come down on a particular theory issue because it usually depends on what is said -- and what I flow -- in that particular round. This applies to T debates and other theory debates too.

6) If it is pretty close between the CP and the aff (or even if it isn't close), you need to give some really clear comparative explanations about why I should choose one over the other -- which you should do for any judge but make sure you do it when I'm judging.

7) I really dislike high theory and post-modernism in debate.

8) Reading cards to decide the debate: For many years I tried to judge without looking at the speech documents during the speeches, but I have recently concluded that is unrealistic because there is an entire additional level of the debate that is happening between the debaters in the speech documents. I don't think it should be that way, but I understand why it is happening. However, if the claims made about a card or set of cards are uncontested by the opponent, I am likely to assume when deciding the debate that the cards say what their reader claimed they say rather than reading both sides' cards or any of the cards.

9) I am not at all deep in the files and evidence especially for most neg arguments, so I am really judging the debate based on what you say and what your cards say as you present them in the round.

9) Links and impact calculus are really, really important, especially in the last rebuttals. However, I think lengthy pre-written overviews are not as good as 2NR/2AR (and prior) explanations based on what actually happened in the particular debate.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Heart of Texas 10/18/2019 PD R2 Greenhill RG Crossings Christian CS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R6 Berkeley Prep SK Niles North VU Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R2 Montgomery Bell BM Rowland Hall DG Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD Double Montgomery Bell PK North Broward Prep AR Aff Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R6 Montgomery Bell EB Chesterton VJ Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R2 Mamaroneck RK USN CK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R1 Montgomery Bell MC University Independent LL Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R5 OES CT Barstow FS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R4 Montgomery Bell FM Bellarmine VR Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/13/2019 POL R6 Iowa City CW Notre Dame KS Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/13/2019 POL R3 Montgomery Bell KK Greenhill EA Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 Quarte Greenhill Siva & Feinstein SLC West Galian & Rice Neg Neg on a 3-0
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR R1 Gulliver Prep GH New Trier EK Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX Double Greenhill EA Chaminade CP AB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX R6 Cypress Bay LR SLC West BK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Double Walter Payton RY Kent Denver HS Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Solorio CC Hawken AG Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R5 Jones DE Carrollton Sacred Heart DP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Glenbrook South HF Mamaroneck CL Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 PD Octas Greenhill AE Blue Valley Southwest SL Aff Aff on a 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 PD R4 Niles West FW JBS Law Magnet PT Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 PD R3 Blue Valley Northwest KV Fullerton Union GK Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 PD R1 Kinkaid HK Hendrickson GS Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open Double Niles West CK Washburn Rural KP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open R3 West Des Moines Valley LD Marist TO Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open R2 Lawrence Free State VS Montgomery Bell HR Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/6/2018 Open R1 Lansing Sr DB Blue Valley North AL Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R5 Woodward GW Wheeler LR Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R4 Northview KD Berkeley Prep KZ Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AM USN CH Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 NCX R1 Johns Creek KW Cambridge HS SuSh Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R6 Niles West CK Kapaun Mount Carmel RD Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R4 Montgomery Bell RH Rowland Hall MD Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R2 Winston Churchill BM Guyer MI Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD R6 Thomas Jefferson HSST MD Mamaroneck KR Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD R4 Montgomery Bell KK Cypress Bay LR Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD R3 North Broward Prep GG Montgomery Bell MZ Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD R1 Marist FO Cambridge HS KS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 CX Octas Monta Vista PS McQueen RR Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/14/2018 POL DO Lexington SB Kapaun Mount Carmel LP Neg Neg on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX2 Octas Chattahoochee Hauser & Peramanu Berkeley Prep Kuperman & Kanchanapalli Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA State 3/2/2018 CX R5 Woodward Arjun Srinivasan & Alanna Pearson Chattahoochee Zach Adam & Suraj Peramanu Aff
Crestian Policy Classic 2/14/2018 VAR R5 Niles West BC Carrollton Scho AM Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AD Jesuit CP GT Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R4 Unionville KL Baltimore City CG Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2018 VCX Octofi Woodward GW Montgomery Bell DF Neg Neg on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2018 NCX R6 USN KB Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GD Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2018 VCX R5 Montgomery Bell JJ Chattahoochee DX Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF R5 Greenhill EG Highland Park (Dallas) MK Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R7 Rosemount JN SF Roosevelt RK Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R3 Eagan LS Edgemont SC Aff
Carrollton Sacred Heart 12/2/2017 VCX Quarte St. Mark's School of Texas WR Carrollton BG Neg Neg on a 3-0
Carrollton Sacred Heart 12/2/2017 VCX R6 St. Mark's School of Texas WR Carrollton AD Aff
Carrollton Sacred Heart 12/2/2017 VCX R5 Woodward NG Carrollton BG Neg
Carrollton Sacred Heart 12/2/2017 VCX R4 Carrollton PP St. Mark's School of Texas VT Aff
Carrollton Sacred Heart 12/2/2017 NCX R3 Carrollton HS Woodward CG Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R6 Solorio RT Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) EK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R4 Wayzata HS New Trier KE Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R3 Niles West LW Maine East LB Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 PD R6 Bellarmine College Prep TJ Hebron RL Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 PD R5 Crosby MJ Barstow BN Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 PD R4 Bellarmine College Prep VR Barstow DT Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R6 Walter Payton CP RY Peninsula GL Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Blue Valley Southwest HH Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R4 Solorio UG Evanston Twp RH Neg
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R2 Chattahoochee HP Kinkaid HK Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 CX Octafi McQueen RR Kapaun Mount Carmel LP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 CX Double Kapaun Mount Carmel LP Hendrickson GS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 CX R6 Montgomery Bell RD CK McClatchy LP Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 CX R3 St. Andrew's Episcopal JL Isidore Newman QD Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 CX R2 Kinkaid PS Wayzata SH Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/16/2017 CX R1 McQueen RR Kent Denver JL Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R6 Montgomery Bell PS Thomas Jefferson HSST ST Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R3 Hawken AW Montgomery Bell MS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R2 Calhoun FG Montgomery Bell ZK Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R1 Montgomery Bell GL Lexington LT Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 CX R1 Montgomery Bell KR Iowa City West TK Aff
Crestian Policy Classic 2/16/2017 VAR R4 Niles West SS Montgomery Bell KR Neg
Crestian Policy Classic 2/16/2017 VAR R3 Highland Park (Dallas) CM Niles West CB Aff
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 NCX Semis Chattahoochee HP Woodward GW Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 JVCX R5 Woodward KK Chattahoochee AM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R6 Montgomery Bell KR Peninsula TW Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GB Paideia HT Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake 12/16/2016 CX R5 Edina EK Walter Payton MP Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake 12/16/2016 CX R4 West DM Valley WS Georgetown Day CG Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX Octos Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Niles West GB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R6 Phoenix Military FT Niles West AD Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R4 Cathedral Preparatory BC Niles West SK Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R2 Montgomery Bell KK USN LR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX Octos Montgomery Bell HB Niles West GB Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R6 Marist AV Montgomery Bell FR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R5 Oregon Episcopal LR Niles West SS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R2 West Bloomfield BH Mountain Brook WS Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 PD R5 Marist AV Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AT Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/14/2016 PD R3 Layton BN Niles West SS Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 VCX Octas USN WK Marist VE Aff Neg on a 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 NCX Octas USN CE Montgomery Bell SS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 VCX 5 USN KD Wheeler WC Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 NCX R3 Northview KA Calhoun GT Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 VCX 1 Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet DR Woodward KK Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R4 Highland Park (Dallas) CM Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DP Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R2 Notre Dame PM Marist AV Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 CX R1 Montgomery Bell KR Notre Dame AR Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var Double New Trier KS Montgomery Bell BH Aff Neg on a 2-1
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R4 USN GR Niles West BC Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R3 Thomas Jefferson HSST AJ Niles West BF Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/30/2016 CX R5 Skyline HL Milton HH Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/30/2016 CX R2 Montgomery Bell CJ Glenbrook South RS Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/9/2016 POL R6 Montgomery Bell GJ Calhoun BF Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/9/2016 POL R5 Niles West GG Midway KK Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/9/2016 POL R3 Berkeley Prep SS Midway CH Aff
2016 Crestian Classic Policy Debate Tournament 2/10/2016 NOV Round Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart OS Pine Crest Preparatory AJ Neg
2016 Crestian Classic Policy Debate Tournament 2/10/2016 NOV Round Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AR Niles North GG Aff
2016 Crestian Classic Policy Debate Tournament 2/10/2016 VAR Round Montgomery Bell YZ Iowa City WZ Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R6 Holy Cross SD Niles West TP Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Octos Blake SW Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Round Notre Dame CP Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CP Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Round Berkeley Prep EL Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX R6 Berkeley Prep SS Aberdeen Central PF Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 NCX Semis Montgomery Bell FR New Trier BE Aff Aff on a 3-0
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R6 Niles West GT Montgomery Bell ZY Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R4 Montgomery Bell ZC Niles West PS Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R3 Niles West GG Iowa City KH Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R1 Montgomery Bell BH Oakwood ER Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R7 Ransom Everglades FG Alpharetta WC Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R3 Wayzata BH Maine East H.S. BL Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R1 Pine Crest HR New Trier GT Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 PD Round Grapevine SP Niles West BS Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/16/2015 PD Round Colleyville Heritage BG Albuquerque AB Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX R6 RowHal LB CatPre LS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX R2 LawMag GT NilWes SP Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/19/2015 CX R1 Harker SH NilWes GG Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var R4 Cypress Bay HK Montgomery Bell BH Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var R3 Montgomery Bell ZY Portage Northern PL Aff
SDI 4 Week Tournament 7/28/2015 CX R7 HRS Kruger & Lin GMSS Cho & Ruppa-Kasani Aff
SDI 4 Week Tournament 7/28/2015 CX R6 HRS Cheng & Kamboj BDRS Fussell & Paharia Aff
SDI 4 Week Tournament 7/28/2015 CX R4 GMSS Dalal & Ye BHL Gokare & Luo Neg
SDI 4 Week Tournament 7/28/2015 CX R3 BDRS Goyal & Nguyen BHL Haran & Singh Aff
SDI 4 Week Tournament 7/28/2015 CX R2 GMSS Gudlavalleti & Xie BDRS Haberman & Jablonski Neg
SDI 4 Week Mini Tournament 7/18/2015 CX Round BDRS Abney & Malwade GMMS Mudter & Renkis Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Round Johns Creek LR Chattahoochee CG Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Round Montgomery Bell DZ Chattahoochee KV Aff
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championships 2/20/2015 JVCX Semis Marist AV Woodward AS Neg Neg on a 3-0
CarterKing Invitational at Grady HS 1/30/2015 OCX Quarte Milton HH Calhoun BK Aff Aff on a 3-0
CarterKing Invitational at Grady HS 1/30/2015 JCX R3 Arabia Mountain MP Columbus EW Neg
CarterKing Invitational at Grady HS 1/30/2015 JCX R2 Northview BN Marist RZ Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 CX R4 Notre Dame SF Calhoun BF Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 NCX Round Montgomery Bell CJ USN HG Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX Double Glenbrook South CS Chattahoochee SW Neg Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R7 Lane Tech College Prep H.S. MP Niles West ST Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R3 Niles North RO Von Steuben CE Aff
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 VCX Round Heritage Hall DC Crosby NF Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 VCX Round Stratford CS Niles West DG Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks 10/18/2014 VCX Round Harker KJ Dulles SF Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R5 Mona Shores AW WDM Valley SD Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R4 Niles West LS Milton FM Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R2 Montgomery Bell ZZ Lakeland District Debate AR Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/26/2014 CX R4 Juan Diego Catholic AC Sioux Falls KM Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD Octafi Glenbrook South CM Greenhill Ja Aff Aff on a 3-0
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD R7 Niles North GY Phoenix Military ET Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD R4 Niles North BE Glenbrook South CM Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD R2 George Washington BA Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GR Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD R1 Niles North OW George Washington AS Neg
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD Anne D Highland Park (Dallas) HS Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart RG Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R4 Cathedral Prep DH Roswell CL Neg
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R2 Niles North OW Lakeland District Debate TA Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R7 Niles West SK Chattahoochee DP Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R4 Iowa City West YZ West Bloomfield high school OW Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R3 Des Moines Roosevelt AA Glenbrook South Ke Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R2 Niles North MD Oakwood FP Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R1 Iowa City West HK West Bloomfield high school RW Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 5 CarSch GP MaiEas HS Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 4 Harker MS PinCre MM Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 3 Groves NP WesSch AK Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 2 CRWas BaLe WesSch YZ Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 1 Homewo FG IsiNew LR Aff