Judge Philosophies

Andrew Morgan -- University of the Pacific

 

Andrew Eilola -- Bradley University

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Carl Weddle -- Yuba Community College

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Edward Kunkle -- East Los Angeles College

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Estelle Piper -- Hired Judge

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Janay Bombino -- Hired Judge

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Jim Dobson -- Las Positas College

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Jimmy Gomez -- Orange Coast College

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Joshua Tiquia -- Hired Judge

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Joslynn Howard -- Hired Judge

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Katelyn Gonsalves -- San Francisco State University

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Kelsey Paiz -- Chabot College

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Kendricks Anderson -- Hired Judge

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Kyle Whitmore -- Hired Judge

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Lindsey Ayotte -- Skyline College

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Lorene Miller -- Solano Community College

I've been teaching COMM classes at Solano College for 30 years. During that time, I have taught Argumentation and Debate at least 23 of those years. So here's what you need to know:

1. I am a flow judge. I use a reasonable person's paradigm when judging. However, it is up to the opposing team to identify counter-intuitive arguments.

2. As a general rule, I don't like T arguments. I feel that they become a "whining" strategy for the Negative. If you decide to use T as a strategy, make sure that it's a real issue and not just a shell.

3. I also don't like K arguments, for much of the same reason. Most topics are debatable and a reasonable person should be able to take either side.

4. I prefer that the Negative clash with the Affirmative case. I feel that is one of the two main burdens of the Negative. (Along with supporting the Status Quo) Since many Negs run counter-plans these days, I will entertain that as a strategy. Though it always feels like you are shooting yourself in the foot. Go ahead and shoot.

5. I expect both teams to stand when they are speaking. Your power comes from that posture.

6. I also expect that team members won't prompt their partner while the partner is speaking. You have to trust your partner. And if they screw up, it's your job to fix it. I have been known to drop teams that prompt in spite of my request that they don't. Listen to me. I'm the judge. And it's my rules during the round.

7. As a flow judge, I can keep up with speed. But if the opposing team can't keep up, I would expect that you would slow it down. Spreading doesn't really add that much more content. Just bad breathing.

8. Identify voting issues when we get down to the last two speeches. But then, that's just good practice, no?

9. Any humor would be appreciated as would any reference to Zombies, Star Trek, and Video Games.


Manish Khanal -- Hired Judge

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Meredith Mountjoy -- Hired Judge

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Mikayla Holzinger -- Hired Judge

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Pablo Ramirez -- San Francisco State University

 

Paxton Attridge -- California State University, Los Angeles

In NPDA, I find clear warranting in-case and impact calculus very helpful, particularly direct comparison between the world each side's impacts create. I am more than fine following quick speed in delivery, though clarity is still appreciated in both delivery and argumentation (the latter particularly within rebuttal). Argumentative consistency helps me in adjudicating, and so clear disclaimer regarding which arguments within cases are being addressed or rebutted is very useful. In line with this organization's values, I value more critically-directed debate, though this approach does not necessarily require argumentative structures idiosyncratic to NPDA or other forms of debate. I believe that the debate space should be safe for protected populations, and behavior that threatens these populations will be at the very least remarked upon on the ballot, and may impact my judging decision if egregious. My familiarity in debate is more philosophically and policy-directed, though arguments making other appeals will still receive full consideration.

Randy Carver -- Contra Costa College

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Sage Russo -- City College San Francisco

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Sean Connor -- Orange Coast College

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Shannan Troxel-Andreas -- Butte Community College

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Suzanne Ruckle -- Yuba Community College

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Tim Heisler -- Las Positas College

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Yuya Shimbori -- Hired Judge

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Zachary Herrera -- Hired Judge

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