Cal Lutheran University
2019 — Thousand Oaks, CA/US
Tex Acosta Paradigm
Jonathan Albert Paradigm
Ileana Albert Paradigm
Joseph Apresa Paradigm
Joanne Ballesty Paradigm
Tyler Bransfield Paradigm
Lawrence Chung Paradigm
Roger Factora Paradigm
Hi, I'm a lay judge who you should assume, knows nothing about the topic. Please no spreading or circuit type arguments-- they will just fly over my head. Don't pref me unless you want a lay round.
Heather Hubbard Paradigm
Aaron Nichols Paradigm
I've assistant coached for 11 years mainly as an IE coach.
In terms of debate the school I coach for mainly runs Public Forum and Parli, but I have judged many rounds of LD.
I know how to flow, but depending on the round I may not vote solely on flow. As in: An opponent dropping an argument that makes no sense... is still an argument that makes no sense.
I understand most debate jargon, but if you are going to run something really off the wall you may want to take some extra time to explain it.
If you aren't saying anything important I won't flow. If I am lost, I won't flow. If you aren't clear in speaking, I won't flow. I hate spreading with the passion of 1000 burning fiery suns.
I did IEs in high school, so to me the essential part of speech and debate is learning the ability to communicate. So make sure you explain things clearly and concisely. I feel that louder/faster doesn't always equal smarter.
I really like strong (but respectful) clash in crossfire and cross-ex. Really dig into the arguments and show me you know what is going on!
Voters and voting issues in final focus and rebuttals in key to me inside of whatever framework you have set up. For LD this includes your value and criterion as well as your opponent's.
These events are my jam. :)
Alex Pena Paradigm
Trenton Pham Paradigm
I like anime
Claire Tam Paradigm
Michael Tuchin Paradigm
I am a parent judge and I have judged several tournaments. I am a lawyer so if the topic is about law then I might have some background knowledge, but otherwise assume I have little-no background. Some preferences:
- Do not spread please. Normal speed or a little faster is fine, but if you speak too fast it doesn't matter how great your arguments are.
- Please don't use K, T, or Theory, I am a traditional judge. If you have to read this stuff for any reason, please over explain it.
- Don't be rude in Cross X
- Tell me why I should vote for you (especially in last speeches)
- I will be taking notes, but let me know when arguments were dropped and when to extend them and also explain why; don't assume I will extend things for you.
- Focus on why things matter in the context of the debate
- If you refer to previous evidence please summarize it rather than just saying the author's last name.
- Be smart- make thoughtful arguments with good evidence. I like evidence and will be more likely to believe you if your evidence is good.
- I love clash, please focus on responding directly to the other persons arguments rather than just saying they don't matter because ...
- Time yourselves.