Judge Philosophies

Adam Navarro -- Palomar College

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Adam Kaminsky -- College of the Canyons

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Angelica Grigsby -- Maricopa Speech and Debate


Daniela Vasquez -- Azusa Pacific University

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Dewi Hokett -- Palomar College

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Evan Ziegler -- Hired Judges

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Fernanda De La O -- Azusa Pacific University

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James Laky -- Point Loma Nazarene University

Short version: My debate philosophy, in a nutshell, is that impacts are the most important part of the debate. If you don�??�?�¢??t impact a position or tell me how it interacts with an impact, then it�??�?�¢??s basically just empty space on my flow.


Specifics: I prefer good straight up debate but I�??�?�¢??ll listen to any kriticism as long as it�??�?�¢??s contextualized properly. I absolutely love theory debate, but I have a big pet peeve when people run theory positions (or Kritiks) �???�??�?� they don�??�?�¢??t fully understand. I definitely view theory from a competing interpretations framework. I won�??�?�¢??t protect against new arguments so be sure to call out points of order. I�??�?�¢??m a flow judge but I look primarily at the big picture of all the positions so don�??�?�¢??t expect one subpoint to win you the round unless you explain how it interacts with the macro-debate. I like a good plan-counterplan debate, but I also think that line-by-line case debate is an art that should be emphasized more. I have zero issue with speed but if you�??�?�¢??re going to spread, I�??�?�¢??ll expect there to be content to justify that."


Janiel Victorino -- Hired Judges

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Jonathan Veal -- Point Loma Nazarene University

Hello friends,

I have been coaching college parli since 2016 and competed in the activity previously.

Case debate/Policy: I really enjoy case debate. I am particularly persuaded by positions that interact with the uniqueness of the topic. DAâ??s that are bottom heavy or generic can work but are vulnerable to MG non-unique and link arguments.

Theory: I default to competing interpretations. I tend to hold MG theory to a relatively high threshold due to lack of backside rebuttals, but see it as a check against particularly abusive neg strategies. I will go either way on condo depending on the argumentation in the round, but I tend to vote aff on delay/consult theory and when the neg reads multiple advocacies.

Critical Debate: Love it. Aff Kâ??s need to either interact with the topic or present strong reasons for not doing so. I really like to see topic oriented-debate if possible. Accessibility is key, so I will not fill in the blanks on K authors even if I am familiar with them. Explain your Thesis/Solvency in a way that can be understood by the other team. Links of omission/generic links tend to be iffy for me. Show clear links.

Speed: I will listen to speed procedurals if the other team does not respond to clears and the team reading the position is clearly losing access to participating in the round. Speed is both strategic and lacks a bright line, but that is not an excuse to push people out of debate. 

Feel free to ask me any questions before the round.

Some side notes

- Be cool to your opponents. Seriously, I consider this important enough to influence my decision in extreme instances.

- Provide a plan/CP/interp/perm text if asked. Perms with clear texts are preferred.

- Read trigger warnings if you are in doubt.


Kelsey Abele -- Arizona State University

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Kiefer Storrer -- Maricopa Speech and Debate

Competed 4 years high school Policy, 4 years college parli. Took a year off, judged, then helped coach a comprehensive program in Grad School. Currently in my 2nd year of head coaching, 3rd year of professional coaching. I think debate is whatever you want to make it. It can be a game or a really good platform of advocacy, so I'm pretty supportive of like, inclusive arguments, theory, projects, etc. Speed is fine but especially in Parli give me clear tag lines. You don't need to read DAs to prove abuse on procedurals, just explain to me args you missed out on. Umm. Don't kick offense, please. I like clash and impact calc unless you are warranting out other places I should be specifically voting. Good luck, have fun; don't be a dick. 


Kyle Duffy -- College of the Canyons

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Marc Ouimet -- Palomar College

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Matthew Minnich -- EPCC

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Max D'amico -- University of California San Diego

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Nathaniel Rogers -- San Diego State University

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Raffaela Baker -- Saddleback College

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Rebecca Coleman -- Hired Judges

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Renee Orton -- Mt. San Jacinto College

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Rick Falvo -- EPCC

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Robert Campbell -- University of California San Diego

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Tim Seavey -- San Diego State University

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