Jordana Sternberg Paradigm

Last changed 9 April 2021 12:23 PM EDT

For TOC 2021: I have only judged one debate on this topic, at Greenhill, so I am a free strike. FREE STRIKE.

I am relatively unfamiliar with the details of the files and cards, so if I do judge you, don't assume I know things that are obvious to people who have judged more.

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

It is unlikely that I can flow the tiny details of your pre-written blocks.

I definitely do not know the details of your politics DA or answers - please understand that I am evaluating your DA and answers based on what you say about it in the round.

I don't know the nuances of any T arguments, but I am a former lawyer so I understand some from background knowledge.

Don't assume, and explain well.

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

Quick thoughts:

1) Make your speeches flowable. I will not be able to flow (and likely will not catch) all the details 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" is a reason to reject the team, and I may auto-vote that way even if the opponent doesn't make the argument.

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 Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Heart of Texas HS 2019-10-18 PD R2 Greenhill RG Crossings Christian CS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2019-09-12 CX R6 Berkeley Prep SK Niles North VU Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2019-09-12 CX R2 Montgomery Bell BM Rowland Hall DG Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2019-09-07 VPD R6 Montgomery Bell EB Chesterton VJ Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2019-09-07 VPD R2 Mamaroneck RK USN CK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2019-09-07 VPD R1 Montgomery Bell MC University Independent LL Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2019-04-27 CX R5 OES CT Barstow FS Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2019-04-27 CX R4 Montgomery Bell FM Bellarmine VR Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy HS 2019-03-15 CX2 Quarte Greenhill Siva & Feinstein SLC West Galian & Rice Neg Neg 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV HS 2019-02-02 VCX Double Greenhill EA Chaminade CP AB Aff Aff 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV HS 2019-02-02 VCX R6 Cypress Bay LR SLC West BK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2018-10-24 VCX Double Walter Payton RY Kent Denver HS Neg Neg 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2018-10-24 VCX R6 Solorio CC Hawken AG Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2018-10-24 VCX R5 Jones DE Carrollton Sacred Heart DP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2018-10-24 VCX R4 Glenbrook South HF Mamaroneck CL Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD Octas Greenhill AE Blue Valley Southwest SL Aff Aff 3-0
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R4 Niles West FW JBS Law Magnet PT Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R3 Blue Valley Northwest KV Fullerton Union GK Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2018-10-12 PD R1 Kinkaid HK Hendrickson GS Neg
Trevian Invitational HS 2018-10-06 Open Double Niles West CK Washburn Rural KP Neg Neg 3-0
Trevian Invitational HS 2018-10-06 Open R3 West Des Moines Valley LD Marist TO Neg
Trevian Invitational HS 2018-10-06 Open R2 Lawrence Free State VS Montgomery Bell HR Neg
Trevian Invitational HS 2018-10-06 Open R1 Lansing Sr DB Blue Valley North AL Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2018-09-28 VCX R5 Woodward GW Wheeler LR Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2018-09-28 VCX R4 Northview KD Berkeley Prep KZ Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2018-09-28 VCX R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AM USN CH Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2018-09-28 NCX R1 Johns Creek KW Cambridge HS SuSh Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2018-09-13 CX R6 Niles West CK Kapaun Mount Carmel RD Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2018-09-13 CX R4 Montgomery Bell RH Rowland Hall MD Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2018-09-13 CX R2 Winston Churchill BM Guyer MI Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD R6 Thomas Jefferson HSST MD Mamaroneck KR Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD R4 Montgomery Bell KK Cypress Bay LR Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD R3 North Broward Prep GG Montgomery Bell MZ Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD R1 Marist FO Cambridge HS KS Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 CX Octas Monta Vista PS McQueen RR Aff Aff 3-0
GFCA State HS 2018-03-02 CX R5 Woodward Arjun Srinivasan & Alanna Pearson Chattahoochee Zach Adam & Suraj Peramanu Aff
Crestian Policy Classic HS 2018-02-14 VAR R5 Niles West BC Carrollton Scho AM Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R7 Rosemount JN SF Roosevelt RK Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R3 Eagan LS Edgemont SC Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2017-11-01 VCX R6 Solorio RT Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) EK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2017-11-01 VCX R4 Wayzata HS New Trier KE Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2017-11-01 VCX R3 Niles West LW Maine East LB Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2017-10-13 PD R6 Bellarmine College Prep TJ Hebron RL Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2017-10-13 PD R5 Crosby MJ Barstow BN Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2017-10-13 PD R4 Bellarmine College Prep VR Barstow DT Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener HS 2017-10-07 Open R6 Walter Payton CP RY Peninsula GL Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener HS 2017-10-07 Open R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Blue Valley Southwest HH Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener HS 2017-10-07 Open R4 Solorio UG Evanston Twp RH Neg
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener HS 2017-10-07 Open R2 Chattahoochee HP Kinkaid HK Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2017-09-16 CX Octafi McQueen RR Kapaun Mount Carmel LP Neg Neg 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2017-09-16 CX Double Kapaun Mount Carmel LP Hendrickson GS Aff Aff 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2017-09-16 CX R6 Montgomery Bell RD CK McClatchy LP Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2017-09-16 CX R3 St. Andrew's Episcopal JL Isidore Newman QD Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2017-09-16 CX R2 Kinkaid PS Wayzata SH Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2017-09-16 CX R1 McQueen RR Kent Denver JL Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R6 Montgomery Bell PS Thomas Jefferson HSST ST Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R3 Hawken AW Montgomery Bell MS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R2 Calhoun FG Montgomery Bell ZK Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R1 Montgomery Bell GL Lexington LT Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 CX R1 Montgomery Bell KR Iowa City West TK Aff
Crestian Policy Classic HS 2017-02-16 VAR R4 Niles West SS Montgomery Bell KR Neg
Crestian Policy Classic HS 2017-02-16 VAR R3 Highland Park (Dallas) CM Niles West CB Aff
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships HS 2017-02-11 JVCX R5 Woodward KK Chattahoochee AM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL R6 Montgomery Bell KR Peninsula TW Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2017-01-27 PEL R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GB Paideia HT Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake HS 2016-12-16 CX R5 Edina EK Walter Payton MP Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake HS 2016-12-16 CX R4 West DM Valley WS Georgetown Day CG Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R6 Marist AV Montgomery Bell FR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R5 Oregon Episcopal LR Niles West SS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R2 West Bloomfield BH Mountain Brook WS Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2016-10-14 PD R5 Marist AV Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AT Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2016-10-14 PD R3 Layton BN Niles West SS Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2016-09-30 VCX Octas USN WK Marist VE Aff Neg 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2016-09-30 VCX 5 USN KD Wheeler WC Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic HS 2016-09-30 VCX 1 Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet DR Woodward KK Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R4 Highland Park (Dallas) CM Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DP Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R2 Notre Dame PM Marist AV Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R1 Montgomery Bell KR Notre Dame AR Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-03 Var Double New Trier KS Montgomery Bell BH Aff Neg 2-1
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-03 Var R4 USN GR Niles West BC Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-03 Var R3 Thomas Jefferson HSST AJ Niles West BF Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2016-04-30 CX R5 Skyline HL Milton HH Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2016-04-30 CX R2 Montgomery Bell CJ Glenbrook South RS Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R6 Montgomery Bell GJ Calhoun BF Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R5 Niles West GG Midway KK Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2016-04-09 POL R3 Berkeley Prep SS Midway CH Aff
2016 Crestian Classic Policy Debate Tournament HS 2016-02-10 NOV Round Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart OS Pine Crest Preparatory AJ Neg
2016 Crestian Classic Policy Debate Tournament HS 2016-02-10 NOV Round Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AR Niles North GG Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R6 Holy Cross SD Niles West TP Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake HS 2015-12-18 CX R6 Berkeley Prep SS Aberdeen Central PF Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R7 Ransom Everglades FG Alpharetta WC Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R3 Wayzata BH Maine East H.S. BL Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R1 Pine Crest HR New Trier GT Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Grapevine SP Niles West BS Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational HS 2015-10-16 PD Round Colleyville Heritage BG Albuquerque AB Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R6 RowHal LB CatPre LS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R2 LawMag GT NilWes SP Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R1 Harker SH NilWes GG Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2015-09-04 Var R4 Cypress Bay HK Montgomery Bell BH Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2015-09-04 Var R3 Montgomery Bell ZY Portage Northern PL Aff
SDI 4 Week Tournament 2015-07-28 CX R7 HRS Kruger & Lin GMSS Cho & Ruppa-Kasani Aff
SDI 4 Week Tournament 2015-07-28 CX R6 HRS Cheng & Kamboj BDRS Fussell & Paharia Aff
SDI 4 Week Tournament 2015-07-28 CX R4 GMSS Dalal & Ye BHL Gokare & Luo Neg
SDI 4 Week Tournament 2015-07-28 CX R3 BDRS Goyal & Nguyen BHL Haran & Singh Aff
SDI 4 Week Tournament 2015-07-28 CX R2 GMSS Gudlavalleti & Xie BDRS Haberman & Jablonski Neg
SDI 4 Week Mini Tournament 2015-07-18 CX Round BDRS Abney & Malwade GMMS Mudter & Renkis Aff
CarterKing Invitational at Grady HS HS 2015-01-30 OCX Quarte Milton HH Calhoun BK Aff Aff 3-0
CarterKing Invitational at Grady HS HS 2015-01-30 JCX R3 Arabia Mountain MP Columbus EW Neg
CarterKing Invitational at Grady HS HS 2015-01-30 JCX R2 Northview BN Marist RZ Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2015-01-23 CX R4 Notre Dame SF Calhoun BF Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 VCX Double Glenbrook South CS Chattahoochee SW Neg Aff 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 VCX R7 Lane Tech College Prep H.S. MP Niles West ST Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 VCX R3 Niles North RO Von Steuben CE Aff
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 VCX Round Heritage Hall DC Crosby NF Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 VCX Round Stratford CS Niles West DG Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 VCX Round Harker KJ Dulles SF Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2014-09-06 Open R5 Mona Shores AW WDM Valley SD NEG
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2014-09-06 Open R4 Niles West LS Milton FM NEG
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest HS 2014-09-06 Open R2 Montgomery Bell ZZ Lakeland District Debate AR NEG
Tournament of Champions HS 2014-04-26 CX R4 Juan Diego Catholic AC Sioux Falls KM Neg
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 VPD Octafi Glenbrook South CM Greenhill Ja Aff Aff 3-0
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 VPD R7 Niles North GY Phoenix Military ET Aff
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 VPD R4 Niles North BE Glenbrook South CM Neg
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 VPD R2 George Washington BA Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GR Neg
Harvard Invitational HS 2014-02-13 VPD R1 Niles North OW George Washington AS Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2013-11-01 VCX R7 Niles West SK Chattahoochee DP Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2013-11-01 VCX R4 Iowa City West YZ West Bloomfield high school OW Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2013-11-01 VCX R3 Des Moines Roosevelt AA Glenbrook South Ke Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2013-11-01 VCX R2 Niles North MD Oakwood FP Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2013-11-01 VCX R1 Iowa City West HK West Bloomfield high school RW Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament HS 2012-11-02 VCX open 5 CarSch GP MaiEas HS Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament HS 2012-11-02 VCX open 4 Harker MS PinCre MM Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament HS 2012-11-02 VCX open 3 Groves NP WesSch AK Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament HS 2012-11-02 VCX open 2 CRWas BaLe WesSch YZ Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament HS 2012-11-02 VCX open 1 Homewo FG IsiNew LR Aff