Asher Spector Paradigm

Last changed 12 February 2021 8:44 AM EDT

As a judge, I will adapt to you too. Do what you do best!

That said, I am a pretty standard PF tech judge, with a couple of specific preferences, outlined below:

(1) I only vote off offense that is in both summary and final focus – if it’s in one but not the other, I probably won’t consider it in my decision. If you’re the first speaking team, defensive responses to your opponent’s case do not need to be in summary – I’ll still evaluate them if they’re in final focus. Turns that you want to win off of must be in 1st summary. If you’re the second speaking team, defensive responses need to be in both summary/final focus for me to evaluate them. If you have questions on this, please ask!

(2) If I have the choice between voting for an impact that’s weighed as the biggest in the round but is muddled versus a less important but clean impact, I will resolve the muddled impact every time. I hope this encourages y’all to collapse, develop, and weigh arguments instead of going for like 4 different voters (unless you weigh all four of them :) ).

(3) I care very little about what your cards say. I care a lot more about the warranting behind them. I will never vote on the idea that something is just "empirically true," although empirics do help when you're doing warrant comparisons/maybe a probability weighing analysis.

(4) I rarely receptive to progressive arguments (Ks/theory) unless there's a real instance of abuse in the round. I strongly dislike disclosure theory. If you don't know what that means, don't worry about it.

(5) In case it's helpful, I did nat circuit PF 2013-2017.

- and don't forget to have fun!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 2021-03-17 WSD Double Olympi Zu & Jin & Zhu & Ding Complex Topography Prop Prop 3-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD Full T Saints Li & Song & Song & Yan & Yan IvyPlu Jia & Huo & Cheng & Gu & Zhang Opp Opp 3-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational 2021 HS 2021-03-17 WSD R5 EnrSha Fei & Duan & Chen & Zhou & Jiang UNILea Zheng & Qiu & Zheng Prop
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VPF Finals Bethesda Chevy Chase GT Hamilton CS Pro Pro 5-0
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VPF Quarte Regis OZ Walt Whitman DP Pro Pro 3-0
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VPF Octafi Charlotte Latin IS Scarsdale DK Pro Pro 2-1
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NPF Octas BASIS Chandler CV Cary WA Pro Pro 3-0
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 JVPF R7 NHSDLC National HS Debate League of China LZ Regis DP Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NPF Double SPEECHCRAFT SH MP Potomac SW Con Con 2-1
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 JVPF R7 Regis KS VDA - Vancouver XL Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VPF R6 Scarsdale LZ Newton South SK Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 VPF R6 Summit NR Denver East SG Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 NPF Triple Cary LA Regis SS Pro Pro 2-1
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2021-02-12 MSPF R3 Ivy Plus LC Phoenix Country Day CS Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2021-02-12 MSPF R3 Speech and Debate India AA BL ZZ Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R2 Bergen County MM SPEECHCRAFT SH ZL Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R2 Bergen County NJ Ivy Bridge PM Con
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R1 Potomac GJ Ivy Bridge SuKa Pro
47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2021-02-12 MSPF R1 NSDA China Red MJ American Debate League HH Pro
Harvard Round Robin HS 2021-02-11 PFRR Finals Montgomery Blair JQ Walt Whitman DP Neg Aff 4-3
Harvard Round Robin HS 2021-02-11 PFRR R5 Bethesda Chevy Chase GT Edina JM Aff Aff 2-0
Harvard Round Robin HS 2021-02-11 PFRR R4 Walt Whitman DP Lakeville South GN Aff Aff 2-0
Harvard Round Robin HS 2021-02-11 PFRR R3 Blake EW Plano West YL Aff
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD Semifi TeaCan Anzarouth & Rosen & Farrell & Li & Yan IvyPlu Liu & Ma & Xu Prop Prop 5-0
Harvard College World Schools Invitational MS 2020-03-06 WSD R7 Blake Mathews & Arora & Arora IvyPlu Chi & Shi & Li Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R5 ExtEdu Guo & Jia & Zhang & Chiang IvyPlu Liu & Cui & Yuan Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R3 TeaCan Anzarouth & Rosen & Farrell & Li & Yan LinKey Zhang & Zhu & Liu Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R2 St.Joh Cholakis & Kabani & Smith ExtEdu Liu & Zhou & Zhou Prop
Harvard College World Schools Invitational HS 2020-03-06 WSD R1 NSDTea Tong & Heeger & Menon ExtEdu Chang & Heydary & Zhang & Zhao Prop
Harvard Round Robin 2020 HS 2020-02-14 PFRR R5 Marist SV Poly Prep Country Day LM Neg Neg 2-0
Harvard Round Robin 2020 HS 2020-02-14 PFRR R4 Campbell Hall DL Oakton YZ Aff
Harvard Round Robin 2020 HS 2020-02-14 PFRR R3 Acton-Boxborough ML Edina ZM Aff Aff 2-0
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 JVPF Quarte Ransom Everglades JJ Milton CW Con Con 2-1
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF Octafi Edgemont KS New Jersey Independent IC Pro Pro 2-1
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF Double Hunter LT Bethesda Chevy Chase GT Pro Pro 2-1
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF Double Wayland WW Newton South CM Con Con 3-0
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 MSPF Quarte Bergen County Debate Club SS Vancouver YY Con Con 3-0
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R6 Delbarton SM Durham KO Con
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R6 Ransom Everglades GM Denver South BW Pro
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R5 Trinity Prep MR Plano West AW Con
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R5 Walt Whitman MH Byram Hills BK Con
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R3 Pinecrest DV Walt Whitman CL Con
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R3 Lexington PR McDowell LD Con
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R2 Phillips Academy Andover YM Newburgh Free RT Pro
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R2 Edgemont KS Westlake YH Pro
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R1 Delbarton GM Cary SS Pro
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VPF R1 Lake Highland Prep PG Hunter AR Con
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R5 NYU AP Yale ScSu Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R4 Brande ChLo Hamilt AA Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R3 Penn VW Columb SA Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R2 Prince ST UChicago MB Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2019-10-11 R1 Yale SS Tufts CT Gov
Tournament of Champions HS 2019-04-27 PFG R6 Edgemont KS Potomac SK Pro
Tournament of Champions MS 2019-04-27 PFG R5 Blake SW Winston Churchill DD Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF Finals Bronx HS Of Science OS Poly Prep Country Day FK Con Con 7-0
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF Semifi Bronx HS Of Science OS Newton South GS Con Pro 3-2
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF Octafi Corona Del Sol PJ Plano West Sr LW Pro Pro 3-0
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF Double Blake SW Lake Mary Prep HM Pro Con 2-1
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF Double Millburn AZ Klein WZ Pro Pro 2-1
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF Triple Packer CL Westlake LR Pro Con 2-1
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF Triple Cranbrook KL Nova BeSm Pro Con 2-1
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R6 Walt Whitman KK Charlotte Latin NS Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R6 Packer CL Bronx HS Of Science DG Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R5 Millburn AZ Ames AM Con
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R5 Lake Travis CP Nightingale Bamford SR Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R4 Blake GJ Bronx HS Of Science ZE Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R4 Dalton HP BASIS Mclean Independent SS Con
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R2 Keller PK Montville LM Con
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R2 Walt Whitman KL Freehold Township SD Pro
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R1 Cranbrook ZR Lake Highland Prep OK Con
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2019-02-16 VPF R1 Acton-Boxborough VS Potomac CW Pro
Harvard Round Robin HS 2019-02-14 PF RR R6 Theodore Roosevelt CA Acton-Boxborough LR Neg Neg 2-0
Harvard Round Robin HS 2019-02-14 PF RR R5 Corona Del Sol PJ Blake WS Aff
Harvard Round Robin HS 2019-02-14 PF RR R4 Eagan SP Newton South SG Neg Neg 2-0
Harvard Round Robin MS 2019-02-14 PF RR R3 Blake GJ Lake Mary Prep HM Neg
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2018-10-06 O Prince AO Pennsy WR Gov Gov 3-0
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2018-10-06 R5 Brown GL BroQui GM Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2018-10-06 R4 UVAAPD/Stanfo ZM Columb GL Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2018-10-06 R1 Brandeis GQ Hamilt ZS Gov
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF Quarte Walt Whitman MM Stuyvesant JR Con Con 2-1
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF Octafi Westwood SL Walt Whitman MM Con Con 2-1
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF Double Capitol BC Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches LB Pro Pro 3-0
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF Double LC Anderson HE Hendrickson HV Pro Pro 2-1
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF Triple Plano West Senior YaLi Dalton FF Pro Pro 3-0
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R6 Newton South HC Summit CS Con
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R6 Charlotte Latin LS Plano West Senior ZR Con
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R5 Edgemont KaSa North Allegheny Sr MC Con
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R5 Hunter BZ Ardrey Kell LD Pro
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R4 Shrewsbury UM Lovejoy TM Pro
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R4 Hamilton KS St. John's MK Pro
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R3 Chaminade FV Phoenix Country Day OT Con
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R3 Acton-Boxborough GW Lincoln-Sudbury Regional CO Pro
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R2 Capitol BC Westlake HS (Austin) DR Pro
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R2 Fort Collins HO Potomac YK Con
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R1 Myers Park CC Walt Whitman RT Con
44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2018-02-17 VPF R1 Sequoyah SA Hunter KK Con
Harvard Round Robin HS 2018-02-15 PF RR R7 Ardrey Kell BH Plano West Senior YL Neg Neg 2-0
Harvard Round Robin HS 2018-02-15 PF RR R6 Hunter KK Strath Haven LS Neg Neg 2-0
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2017-10-06 PAR R5 Brandeis KR Fordham WP Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2017-10-06 PAR R4 Northeastern MK Yale KS Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2017-10-06 PAR R3 Penn Debate Society WT Boston Uni KC Gov
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2017-10-06 PAR R2 Rutgers SS Chicago Debate Society SL Opp
Harvard APDA Tournament C 2017-10-06 PAR R1 Brown FK Princeton Debate Panel DY Gov
NDF Boston 2017-07-12 MINH Quarte Medina & Sheerer Wei & Lin Con Pro 3-2
NDF Boston 2017-07-12 MINH Octos Medina & Sheerer Thompson & Abbott Con Pro 2-1
NDF Boston HS 2017-07-12 MINH Double Wei & Lin Fan & Zhang Con Pro 2-1
NDF Boston 2017-07-12 MINH R6 Huang & Koppurapu Malik & Deng Con
NDF Boston C 2017-07-12 MINH R6 Donowho & Dowdall Mulaomerovic & Porchezhiyan Pro
NDF Boston 2017-07-12 MINH R5 Mason & Bansal Chen & Zhu Con
NDF Boston HS 2017-07-12 MINH R5 Khan & Kaufmann Day & Shah Pro
NDF Boston HS 2017-07-12 MINH R4 Han & Annenberg Hollier & Wang Pro
NDF Boston 2017-07-12 MINH R4 Brumer & Ilankumaran Sridhar & Legate-Yang Con
NDF Boston HS 2017-07-12 MINH R3 Lee & Wu Chahal & Siluveru Pro
NDF Boston HS 2017-07-12 MINH R2 Gunawardene & Kang Warty & Kim Pro
NDF Boston HS 2017-07-12 MINH R2 Norman & Kaner Shaikh & Kunta Con
NDF Boston HS 2017-07-12 MINH R1 Jung & Shih Pierce & Einhorn Con
NDF Boston HS 2017-07-12 MINH R1 Wang & Kamen Kemeny & Luo Pro