Max Lubell Paradigm

Last changed 17 September 2020 11:09 AM EDT

Debate Experience:

2011-2014: Policy Debater at Notre Dame High School

2014-2015: Policy Debater at the University of Michigan

2015-2018: Executive Director of Detroit Urban Debate Education (which included judging and coaching for Detroit Urban Debate League schools in Policy)

Overview:

I currently work at the University of Chicago Crime and Education Lab — an urban social science research organization — evaluating youth-based violence prevention and academic programs. I also studied criminology intensively as a Sociology student on a Law, Justice, and Social Change sub-track at the University of Michigan. This experience often involved going into local correctional facilities firsthand to discuss incarceration, state violence, and policing with individuals who were incarcerated. Based on what I learned there and my current work at the Crime Lab, you can assume I have a baseline understanding of the major policy issues and social theory in the criminal justice field. Still, while I have probably judged over a hundred debate rounds, I am not currently active in the debate community. Do not assume I am caught up on all topic-specific arguments. Please be clear.

Please use Speech Drop instead of emailing me speeches.

A note on virtual Debate:

Virtual debate, as is the case for all remote activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, is inherently biased towards certain people. Access to and knowledge of technology is a privilege. Unfortunately, even for those who have the technology, having a safe space to join Zoom rounds is also a privilege. I hope to recognize technological disparities and the collective trauma caused by the pandemic in my judging by being reasonable, empathetic, and flexible. If there is anything that I can do to make the virtual round more accessible to you please do not hesitate to let me know.

Generally, I will incorporate these norms during virtual debates:

- If possible, I would appreciate it if you had your video on, but I know this is not possible for everyone. My RFD and speaker point assignment will not change based on your video being off.

- Unless otherwise mandated by the tournament, I will incorporate 10 minutes of "tech time" for troubleshooting issues. Please do not abuse this time. It is NOT the same as prep time.

- Please try and show up to your round as early as possible. In the virtual world, it is harder to ensure everyone is accounted for and that the 1AC starts on time, so this is one way to help.

- If there is a tech issue that occurs during your speech for longer than 3-5 seconds, I will interrupt and try to troubleshoot with you in the moment. This time will not be taken out of your speech.

- Everyone should be on mute at all times except for the people currently speaking.

Philosophy:

I try as much as possible to evaluate based on the arguments in the round. While I obviously hold implicit biases for or against certain arguments, I try as hard as possible to not let that impact my decisions. I have experience debating, coaching, and judging critical- and policy-oriented rounds. I wouldn't call myself swayed toward one side or the other.

That being said a couple of notes:

- Bad arguments are bad. If your argument is illogical — for example, reading a disadvantage without a link in the 1NC or your evidence not making the warrants needed to uphold your argument — then I will likely not want to vote for it. It will not be hard for the other team to convince me otherwise. While I do not want to vote for a bad argument, that does not mean the opposing team can just ignore it.

- I am willing to vote against my own beliefs and the burden to persuade me is on both teams. However, I don't tolerate obvious hateful/rude arguments or behavior. Everyone deserves to feel safe in this activity.

- I tend to end up using a cost-benefit analysis to help me make decisions: Quantifying the risk of all impacts, seeing if the logic or warrants behind the impact uphold or minimize that risk, incorporating how much the other team's defense minimizes that risk (or thumps the impact all-together), and comparing this analysis for each impact. It is not uncommon for me to literally graph out how probable I find each impact to be (plus or minus the defense from each team) before an RFD as a decision making tool. I can't begin to tell you how many debates I have judged where one team won simply because the other team forgot to extend defense. All of this being said, I will incorporate any role of the ballot arguments accordingly, even if it means not using this decision making framework. This is simply my norm, but certainly not the overarching rule.

For novice debaters, the following acts will result in an increase of speaker points: flowing every speech, communicating with your partner, not talking over your partner, not talking into your computer, using up all of your time in cross-ex asking questions, giving the evidence you read to the other team efficiently, and keeping track of your own time (I will keep track too, but it's a good behavior to start).

Feel free to ask me questions before/after the round.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Reagan Western Qualifier Great Communicator Debate Tournament HS 2021-02-20 GCD R4 Ricci, Sarah Sitanggang, Daniel Aff
Reagan Western Qualifier Great Communicator Debate Tournament MS 2021-02-20 GCD R2 Kong, Eugene Griffin, Seth Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2021 HS 2021-01-30 NCX R3 Montgomery Bell MT Pine Crest GM Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2021 HS 2021-01-30 NCX R1 Damien AS Carmel Valley CJ Neg
Peninsula Invitational HS 2021-01-23 N CX R4 Glenbrook North BC Damien GH Aff
Peninsula Invitational HS 2021-01-23 N CX R1 Damien CP Leon Goldstein SS Neg
Meadows Novice Policy Scrimmage HS 2020-12-05 NOV R2 St Mark's School of Texas TT Damien FG Aff
Meadows Novice Policy Scrimmage HS 2020-12-05 NOV R1 Damien SS St Mark's School of Texas HM Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 NCX Rd4 Liberal Arts and Science BL Damien GP Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 WSD Rd4 Har-Ber BGR Polytechnic DMFS Opp
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 NCX Rd3 NSU AL Damien JH Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 WSD Rd2 Loyola GOSK Blake Black Prop
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 NCX Rd2 College Prep HB Meadows GT Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational HS 2020-11-07 NCX Rd1 Damien BC Peninsula CK Neg
The Meadows Invitational HS 2020-10-31 Pol JV R3 College Prep FM Niles West LB Neg
The Meadows Invitational HS 2020-10-31 Pol JV R2 College Prep GH Greenhill MS Neg
The Meadows Invitational HS 2020-10-31 Pol Nv R1 Damien BG College Prep AW Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R6 Greenhill LH Lane Tech GP Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R5 Greenhill GR Rosemount Sr JN Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R4 Rufus King RB George Washington SW Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R3 Dowling Catholic WH Whitney Young OH Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R2 North Broward Prep GG Shawnee Mission East LH Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-11-23 VCX R1 Desert Vista LW Cathedral Prep VS Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 NCXRR Semis Bentonville West DR Oak Park and River Forest EW Neg Aff 2-1
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 NCXRR R7 Lane Tech BP Fort Atkinson MT Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 NCXRR R6 Lane Tech HO Wayzata AD Aff Aff 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 NCXRR R5 Isidore Newman EP Gulliver Prep HV Neg Neg 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 NCXRR R4 College Prep SK Bentonville West DR Neg Neg 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 NCXRR R3 Niles North AU Niles West AT Neg Neg 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 NCXRR R2 H.H. Dow MT Derby PW Aff Aff 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 NCXRR R1 New Trier JT Niles West DS Neg Neg 2-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 NCX R7 Niles West DQ Homewood-Flossmoor GW Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R6 H.H. Dow YG Cathedral Preparatory AC Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R5 Carrollton BG Niles West RR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R4 Whitney Young GP USN BB Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R3 Whitney Young FS Montgomery Bell RK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R2 Niles West CB Lexington TW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2016-10-26 VCX R1 Walter Payton WW Niles West SS Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament MS 2015-10-28 VCX R7 St. Vincent De Paul MH Blake SW Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R6 Niles West GG Broad Run SD Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R5 Whitney Young RJ West Des Moines Valley HH Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R4 Wayzata MJ Westminster Schools CB Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R3 H.H. Dow PN Maine East H.S. PM Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 NCX R2 Cathedral Preparatory EK H.H. Dow PY Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2015-10-28 VCX R1 Iowa City West TR Chicago Lab Schools JB Aff
Michigan Summer Institute 2015-08-04 POL R4 BEFJR AF HJPV BIS Aff
Michigan Summer Institute HS 2015-08-04 POL R3 MAGS CR GHJMP CC Aff
Michigan Summer Institute HS 2015-08-04 POL R2 CFFP AZ McShack DC Aff
Michigan Summer Institute HS 2015-08-04 POL R1 McShack LW HJPV MB Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 CX R7 Kent Denver GC Millard West CP Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 CX R6 Niles West HC WDM Valley SD Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 CX R5 Northside CP DR Montgomery Bell CK Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 CX R3 Lakeland District Debate DL Wayzata JD Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 CX R2 Meadows NN Rowland Hall St Marks GL Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake HS 2014-12-19 CX R1 Edgemont MJ Glenbrook South SB Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 NCX R6 West Bloomfield GS Niles North SN Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 VCX R5 Edgemont MJ Ransom Everglades PB Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 VCX R4 WDM Valley BD Edgemont XK Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 VCX R3 Cathedral Prep DH Niles West MP Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 VCX R2 Roswell BR Niles North TG Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament HS 2014-11-05 VCX R1 Iowa City West ST Portage Northern DM Aff