Amar Adam

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Amar Adam

Chattahoochee 2014

University of Kentucky 2018/Assistant Debate Coach for UK 2018-2019

Northwestern Law 2022

amarzach@gmail.com - put this one on the chain for high school debate

debatedocs@googlegroups.com - put this one and the above on the chain for college debate. Label the subject line as: Tournament - Round # - Aff Team vs Neg Team

*UPDATE For UK Tournament 2021*

I have been removed from the debate community since 2019. I have never participated or judged a virtual debate prior to this tournament. Take that as you will, but make sure to place an emphasis on clarity.

Meta-Level:

I find that while judging, if the debaters can isolate and clearly articulate the nexus questions of the round, it becomes easier to judge, regardless of any predilections. While I try to adopt the ideology of a 'tabula rasa' I find that it is not entirely successful. Some arguments can be more persuasive to me than others, and I will try my best to avoid any intervention on my part, and I feel that you as a debater should do what you feel is best. If you have good cards to substantiate your args that goes a long way and matters for me. Explain how you want me to evaluate the debate.

Topicality:

I like T when it is debated well. That means good impact analysis, good explanations of standards and how I should evaluate each team's vision of the topic.

Theory: I resolve these debates much like topicality. The impact level needs to be clearly articulated, especially by the affirmative if you want my ballot. I feel that counter interpretations are largely self serving (not a reason to not make one) and that interpretations on theory debates are much more persuasive when your offense is centered around your interpretation, which I feel has become largely lacking (ex. teams read the same conditionality block regardless if they have read one or four conditional options). I believe strongly in technical debating, but a conceded blimpy theoretical objection won't be a reason to reject the team. Rather, I will just reject the argument if the theoretical objection is well argued and explained. This is because most of these scenarios are where the theory "arguments" are not arguments. See ex. vague alternatives are a voting issue.

Framework:
I think K affs tend to lose more of these debates when they adopt a middle ground perspective in which they try to do something with the topic but not affirm the entirety of the resolution. It makes it easier in my mind for neg teams to win that the resolution is compatible with the aff's offense and that resolutional debates are good as the aff is already half of the way there. I think teams are more successful at impact turning framework, and making reasons why only the aff's model of debate is beneficial.

I prefer these debates to clash about what model of debate is best, to conduct impact comparison, and to tell me what matters and how to evaluate certain arguments. Debate it like a t debate with violations, standards, and impacts.

Counterplans:

Love them. The more specific to the aff the better and helps drive competition.

Disads:

There is zero risk of a disad, and it happens. I feel that the impact level of disadvantages (as well as advantages) are way to often the focus of the debate, and I find that debates about a solid link defense/turn or internal link defense can win a round more often than other things.
With that being said, I feel that a disadvantage with a lot of explanation of how it accesses case, why I should prefer it, and why it comes first are persuasive, but I don't feel that its an automatic negative ballot if the 1AR just drops them because they sat on another argument on the flow. The status squo I feel has become a debate that is less willing to be had and I think that a good case/disad debate can be very strategic at times.

Kritiks:

Make the debate about the aff, and contextualize it, or I think it is easier for the aff to win a perm. Doing this doesn't necessarily mean reading new aff specific cards, but it does mean doing the work to contextualize your generic 1nc args to the specifics of the aff.

I am not entirely well versed in a very broad scope of the literature, but as long as you aren't too out there and can explain it I should be fine. You should be well versed enough in the literature to explain your argument to those not in the lit base, just like you should be able to explain a complex counter plan to someone who hasn't done the research on it.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
76th National Debate Tournament C 2022-03-31 Open R8 Liberty RW Georgetown WW Neg Neg 2-1
76th National Debate Tournament C 2022-03-31 Open R4 Iowa/Grinnell BC Aff Aff 3-0
76th National Debate Tournament C 2022-03-31 Open R3 Minnesota AF Georgetown GL Neg Neg 3-0
76th National Debate Tournament C 2022-03-31 Open R2 Northwestern DF - ONLINE Wichita State HP - ONLINE Aff Aff 3-0
76th National Debate Tournament C 2022-03-31 Open R1 Binghamton PT Missouri State KC Aff Aff 3-0
Texas Open C 2022-02-05 JV R6 Teddy Munson Navy/Texas Perkins & Anderson Neg
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR Octos Michigan MM Harvard BH Neg Neg 4-1
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR Double Harvard BH George Mason AL Aff Aff 5-0
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 6 Gonzaga MR Georgetown AG Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 5 Missouri State LR Michigan HS Neg
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 4 Minnesota FP Emory BW Neg
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 3 Emory GK Michigan MM Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 2 Michigan PR Minnesota JS Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2021-10-02 Open Double Dartmouth CS Iowa CN Aff Aff 2-1
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2021-10-02 Open R6 Missouri State CR Purdue PS Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2021-10-02 Open R2 Pittsburgh RS Binghamton SM Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2021-10-02 Open R1 Binghamton AS Kansas LW Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA HS 2020-01-04 SBF R2 Hillsboro SL Liberal Arts and Science IJ Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA HS 2020-01-04 SBF R1 Caddo Magnet KL USN KF Aff
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 OP R6 Emory GR Northwestern RW Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 NOV R3 George Mason HS Liberty PS Aff
GSU Atlanta Season Opener C 2019-09-14 NOV R2 Central Florida LS Liberty GJ Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2019-07-24 Breako 4 Week Gutierrez & Ramirez 4 Week Kinzy & Chintakunta Aff Aff 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2019-07-24 R6 6-Week Martinez & Vazquez 4 Week Barrera & Nicado Yelmene Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2019-07-24 R5 4 Week Kinzy & Chintakunta 4 Week Wei & Zhang Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2019-07-24 R4 6-Week Aggarwal & Rajaram 4 Week Sammeta & Saxena Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2019-07-24 R3 4 Week Smith & Wolfe 4 Week Gutierrez & Ramirez Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2019-07-24 R1 4 Week Qin & Yaory 4 Week Lyu & Pepin Neg
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Double Georgetown BP Harvard CM Neg Neg 5-0
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round UC Berkeley FG Georgia AR Aff Aff 2-1
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round Harvard CM Mary Washington CL Neg Neg 2-1
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round Michigan State BP Harvard AS Neg Neg 3-0
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round Harvard BG West Georgia CC Aff Aff 3-0
ADA Nationals at UGA C 2019-03-08 Open Semi Northwestern JW Georgia AR Aff Neg 2-1
ADA Nationals at UGA C 2019-03-08 Open Quarte Northwestern JW Kansas HE Aff Aff 2-1
ADA Nationals at UGA C 2019-03-08 Nov Quarte Emory LL Liberty LW Neg Neg 3-0
ADA Nationals at UGA C 2019-03-08 JV Quarte Central Florida FS Emory KL Neg Neg 2-1
ADA Nationals at UGA C 2019-03-08 Open R6 Missouri State DE Kansas FM Neg
ADA Nationals at UGA C 2019-03-08 Open R3 Emory GN Michigan State JP Neg
ADA Nationals at UGA C 2019-03-08 Open R2 Missouri State HK Minnesota FJ Neg
Crestian Policy Classic HS 2019-02-13 RR R5 Westminster MR Glenbrook North DF Aff
Crestian Policy Classic HS 2019-02-13 RR R4 Glenbrook South GS New Trier EK Neg
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open SEMIS Harvard CM UC Berkeley FG Aff Aff 2-1
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open DBLS Wake Forest MT Harvard CM Neg Neg 4-1
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open RD 7 Georgetown BP Wichita State HP Neg
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open RD 6 West Georgia CC Trinity GG Aff
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open RD 5 Michigan State BP Navy RB Aff
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 C 2019-01-12 Cutt OR 2 Michig Goldschlag & Walrath MicSta Serrins & Grossman Neg Aff 2-1
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 C 2019-01-12 Cutt OR 1 Purdue Joseph & Sidhu Michig Jacobs & Roche Neg Neg 3-0
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 C 2019-01-12 Cutt R6 MisSta Van Dyke & Waggoner Michig Love & Rogers Neg
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 C 2019-01-12 Cutt R5 Minnes Lamet & Rao MicSta Brown & Pepper Neg
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 C 2019-01-12 Cutt R3 MicSta Serrins & Grossman Minnes Ferguson & Granstrom Aff
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 C 2019-01-12 Cutt R2 Georgi Gollner & Weintraub Michig Pujol & Pierry Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA HS 2019-01-05 SBF R6 Little Rock Central GL Bellarmine College Prep VR Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA HS 2019-01-05 SBF R5 Jesuit CP HM Montgomery Bell GB Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA HS 2019-01-05 SBF R4 Berkeley Prep KK Glenbrook South KS Aff
Southern Bell Forum MBA HS 2019-01-05 SBF R3 Whitney Young MO Glenbrook North DF Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA HS 2019-01-05 SBF R2 Niles West BS Westminster BR Neg
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest C 2018-11-17 SHIR OCTS Georgia RS UC Berkeley GF Neg Neg 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest C 2018-11-17 SHIR DBLS Trinity DK Emory GS Neg Neg 5-0
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest C 2018-11-17 SHIR RD 6 Kansas HM Northwestern JW Aff
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest C 2018-11-17 SHIR RD 5 Wake Forest MT Dartmouth SS Aff
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest C 2018-11-17 SHIR RD 3 Northwestern GY Georgia RS Neg
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest C 2018-11-17 SHIR RD 2 Northwestern BU Neg
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest C 2018-11-17 SHIR RD 1 Emory CM Missouri State PE Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2018-10-27 Open SEMS Emory GS Georgia AR Neg Aff 2-1
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2018-10-27 Open OCTAS Emory GS UC Berkeley FG Aff Aff 3-0
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2018-10-27 Open DBLS Michigan State SJ Northwestern JW Neg Neg 3-0
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2018-10-27 Open RD 6 Harvard RS Wake Forest MT Neg
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2018-10-27 Open RD 3 Northwestern JW UC Berkeley WS Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2018-10-27 Open RD 2 Mary Washington CL Harvard CM Neg
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational C 2018-10-20 JV Finals MicSta WB Indian OH Neg Aff 2-1
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational C 2018-10-20 Open R6 Indiana LL Kansas BT Neg
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational C 2018-10-20 Open R2 Indiana/Wayne KS Michigan LR Neg
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational C 2018-10-20 Open R1 Michigan FH Kansas SV Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2018-09-29 Open Qtr UNLV HS Dartmouth TE Aff Aff 3-0
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2018-09-29 Open R6 Northwestern FL Iowa BR Aff
GSU National Opener C 2018-09-15 OPEN Finals Harvard CM Georgia AR Aff Aff 2-1
GSU National Opener C 2018-09-15 OPEN Double Harvard CM Emory CM Aff Aff 3-0
GSU National Opener C 2018-09-15 OPEN R7 Harvard GS Navy GL Aff
GSU National Opener C 2018-09-15 OPEN R3 Missouri State KR Michigan State BP Neg
GSU National Opener C 2018-09-15 OPEN R1 Northwestern GY Missouri State HP Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD Finals Montgomery Bell GB Westminster RB Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD Semis North Broward Prep DF Montgomery Bell GB Neg Neg 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD Quarte North Broward Prep DF Lexington SB Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD Octas Lexington SB Thomas Jefferson HSST KV Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPD R5 North Broward Prep AB Montgomery Bell PH Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 CX Finals Blue Valley Southwest KL Monta Vista PS Neg Neg 3-0
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA HS 2018-01-06 SBF Finals Montgomery Bell BJ Woodward MR Aff Aff 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX Octafi Monta Vista PS New Trier EK Aff Aff 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX Double New Trier EK Greenhill LW Aff Aff 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R6 New Trier PM Peninsula LL Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R5 Westminster FP New Trier BW Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R3 Appleton East MR Highland Park Senior GK Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R1 Westminster BR Wylie E. Groves BM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD Quarte North Broward Prep MR Whitney Young JT Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD Octas Brophy CP GS Lexington LT Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R6 Westminster MP Montgomery Bell MS Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R5 Northview PY Lexington ZH Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R4 Westminster SB Montgomery Bell HK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R3 Westminster DN Peninsula AS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R2 Montgomery Bell PS Alpharetta HS DS Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2017-09-08 VPD R1 Montgomery Bell ZK Alpharetta HS BM Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2017-08-01 BO Qtr BTWJ Cornes & Sonnier BTWJ Kucher & Mannem Aff Aff 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2017-08-01 Octas AABGLW Candelario & Levin NTR Lawless & Littrice Aff Aff 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2017-08-01 R5 AABGLW Eckert & Rascoe BTWJ Kupperman & Lin Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2017-08-01 R4 BTWJ Heo & Khan NTR Abrams & McDonough Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2017-08-01 R3 AABGLW Bhansali & Lim NTR Lawless & Littrice Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute HS 2017-08-01 R1 NTR Chung & Ku BTWJ Cao & Xu Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK HS 2017-05-13 PF Finals Fairmont Prep SS Harker RP Pro Pro 3-0
Middle School TOC hosted by UK HS 2017-05-13 LD R6 Harker KM Academy of Higher Learning JZ Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK HS 2017-05-13 LD R5 NSU University SF Kudos AL Aff
Middle School TOC hosted by UK HS 2017-05-13 LD R4 American Heritage School - Plantation AD NSU DG Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK MS 2017-05-13 LD R3 CSAS Independent ZD Meadows AW Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK HS 2017-05-13 LD R2 Harker RJ Elite Leadership Institute IC Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R6 Westminster Schools CB Eagan RW Aff
The Glenbrooks MS 2015-11-21 VCX R5 Iowa City ZW Pace MT Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R4 Mukwonago MJ Washburn Rural DS Aff
The Glenbrooks HS 2015-11-21 VCX R3 Union JS Woodward AS Neg