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UIL Speech Judges

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David Moore

Current high school:
University of Texas School of Law

Currently coaching?: no

Conference: Not Coaching

Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Nolan Catholic High School; Fort Worth, TX

Graduated high school: 2008

Participated in high school: yes

Participated in college: no

Judging qualifications:
This is the first time I've exhibited interest in judging. I competed in both LD debate and Extemp. in high school for approximately 3 years. Thus, I know how to navigate the two events and am familiar with their functions/standards. Additionally, in high school I participated in theatre for 4 years, so I am very familiar with many of the fundamental aspects of public speaking/presentation. As an undergrad, I produced many papers for presentation at academic conferences, and also produced an undergraduate thesis for defense. Thus, I have extensive experience in persuasive writing and presentation--even if it was not within a strict "debate" environment. This is my first year of law school, and I have already participated in extensive legal persuasive writing exercises, as well as oral argument exercises.

Judging Philosophy


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Rounds judged:
Approach: Equal
My basic philosophy is, as stated above, that communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance; one cannot stand firm without the other. Regarding debaters' arguments, I firmly believe in quality over quantity, thus I do not find packing a case with cards that do not flow well together or compliment each other endearing. Additionally, in responsive rounds, I pay careful attention not only to whether each debater addresses the contentions of the other, but also to whether the respondent addresses the core meaning of this argument--simply checking boxes down a flow is insufficient. I believe in straight-forward argument, designed to lead debaters to think on their feet about corollary arguments to the core issue, rather than setting "traps for the unwary" Regarding speech, clarity and pacing are paramount. Speech and communication should never seem forced, nor should it ever seem hostile. On the other hand, the speech must still be confident and compelling. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Contact Information

cell: 817 454-4144

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional State Meet

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Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 2 5