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UIL Speech Judges

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Tara Hall

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Pleasanton High School

Graduated high school: 1998

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: Yes

Judging qualifications:
I was a CX debater in high school (President of Debate club) - advanced to State twice with high speaker points. I also competed in Poetry, Prose, Extemp, One Act. I was a judge for hire through Communication Education Consultants (Dr. Lawrence Smith) for over 10 years. I have judged CX state for multiple years and events at Texas State. I have an MA and BA in Speech Communication and teach college level speech courses. My work has recently been featured in a college level Business and Professional Communication text. I have a passion for speaking events and I am excited to return to judging.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged:
Judging approach: Stock Issues
Policy priority: Communication skills and resolution of substantive issues are of equal importance
Evidence philosophy: Quality of evidence is more important than quantity of evidence
Paradigm: I enter every round with an openness to let the ballot speak - I look for which team presented with clarity, demonstrated communication competence(presentation, evidence, analysis). I often decide a round based on pragmatic analysis coupled with acquisition of the stock issues.


Rounds judged:
Approach: Resolution of substantive issues is more important than communication skills
I would classify myself as having a preference for policy-centric argumentation. I never competed in LD, but have judged for many years. I look for the winner of key arguments in the round i.e. the person who persuaded me in the round.

Contact Information

cell: 361 8132543
office: 512 6810225

Availability Information

Meet types:
District Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1 2 3 4 5