Constraints: Bradley Tech High School
Background: Coach of Bradley Tech High School for 15 years, 4 years high school debate, 2 years of college debate (CEDA) 15th year judging policy debate, 3rd year judging LD

The following are my views and preferences

Clash: Clash is very important. Don’t run arguments that really don’t have a link. If there is a link you need to provide explanation on how your argument links. In general, I like a lot of explanation of the evidence that you read in how the evidence relates to the round.

Speed: To be blunt, I DON’T LIKE SPEED!! Read at a reasonable pace so that it is understandable. If I can’t understand it, then I can’t flow it.

Road Maps: I really like road maps and I don’t time them. Make it concise, however.15-20 seconds max.


In short, I am a traditional type of judge for LD. This means having a Value and Criterion are extremely important. I will not vote for a case that does not have both of these as well as how the contentions link to the Value and Criterion.


Theory: I know sometimes that it can be important but I really don’t like theory arguments too much. If there is a clear need to run theory arguments then go ahead. But don’t zip through them. Again, provide explanation and don’t make it blippy.

Synopsis: In general, I am pretty open to all kinds of arguments and different aspects of Lincoln-Douglas Debate. I will vote for anything as long as you can convince me to do so in the final rebuttals. Just remember, the round is not lost or won until the final rebuttals, which is really where I want to hear you tell me exactly why I should vote for either side. So weighing the round is REALLY important to me. Remember to pull through all your arguments and point out any that were dropped by the other team. Good Luck!