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Morgan Copeland

Morgan Copeland
General Information
Name: Morgan Copeland
Affiliation: Liberty University
Join Time: June 26, 2020 at 12:14PM EST
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Debating Statistics
Wins: 0 (0 are Byes)
Losses: 0 (0 are Forfeits)
Average Points (Out of 30): 0 (0 total)
*Opponent Wins: 0
*Opponent Points: 0
Judging Statistics
Total Rounds Judged: 4
Average Points Given (Out of 30): 19.2
Voted Proposition In: 50% of rounds
Voted Opposition In: 50% of rounds
Average Length of Notes (Characters): 854.8 (3419 total)
Current: None

Bearcat Open (Grades K-12)


*Does not count opponents in bye or forfeit rounds.

About Me: School Affiliation: 3 years policy debate at Liberty University

Judged: LD, Policy, PF, Congress and Forensics

And I would like to be on the email chain at

And after the round if you have any questions email me and let me know and I can try and help you out best I can
Judge Philosophy: School Affiliation: 3 years policy debate at Liberty University

Judged: LD, Policy, PF, Congress and Forensics

And I would like to be on the email chain at

And after the round if you have any questions email me and let me know and I can try and help you out best I can

I don't have a lot to say I had to fill this out for the TOC one year so I feel like it can kinda let you know somethings about me as a judge I probably need to update it tho..... but i dont think lot of me opinions have changed so yeah.....Have fun

TOC Paradigm from 2019

Please share your opinions or beliefs about how the following play into a debate round:

Speed of Delivery

· I honestly am good with any speed just don’t sacrifice clarity for speed cuz I can only flow what I hear

Format of Summary Speeches (line by line? big picture?)

· Kinda gimme the big picture at the top of your speeches and then line by line next it makes it easier to line up thing later in the debate and helps make my decision a lot clearer

Role of the Final Focus:

The role of the final focus in my opinion is to pick what you are winning and go for it tell me why these arguments that you think you are winning outweigh anything that your opponent's may say tell me why you win

Extension of Arguments into later speeches:

· Extending arguments throughout the debate is important to me. I most likely will not vote on anything that was not in the earlier speeches but makes it into the last speech, and I will not vote on anything that was in the last speech of the debate but not earlier in the debate.

· And do not just say extend this argument really explain why this argument is important and it means that you win the debate.


· I have no opinions on topicality. I can be swayed that a plan needs topical I can also sway that a plan doesn’t need to be topical. It really just kinda depends on the debate and what arguments are being made but I do not have a preference.


· I have no problems with Kritiks in general I find many of them to be true………but not all are true…….don’t assume that I know what you are talking about so kind of try and make sure that you break it down so I know what you are talking for

· I don’t believe in going for the Kritiks as a linear DA you need the ALT and it needs to be explained well for me to even consider it


· I flow all speeches and I can only flow what I can hear so make sure you are speaking clearly so that I can hear all of your arguments.

· I do not flow CX but I do think what is said in CX in binding for the rest of the debate and I do listen to CX it doesn’t usually affect my decision unless you like lie or something about what you said or something along those lines

Do you value argument over style? Style over argument? Argument and style equally?

· I see argument and style as equal everyone should be able to put their spin on debate but I would also like to see you answering arguments also.

If a team plans to win the debate on an argument, in your opinion does that argument have to be extended in the rebuttal or summary speeches?

· If you have an argument that you know you want to go for in the debate it needs to be extended through the debate I am not going to remember something from the first speech and then decide to vote on it I don’t see how that could be fair to the other team

If a team is second speaking, do you require that the team cover the opponents’ case as well as answers to its opponents’ rebuttal in the rebuttal speech?

· If you are second speaking, I would like to see you interact with your opponent’s arguments and answer them………….and then hence forth I would like to see everyone in the debate also. Answering the other teams argument is low key important to me

Do you vote for arguments that are first raised in the grand crossfire or final focus?

· I generally won’t vote on brand new arguments that appear in the grand crossfire. I don’t think its fair for me to vote on those if the other team can not respond to them

· But if the argument is something ethical like the other team was racist or condescending or something along those lines I will review those arguments if I think there is merits to it

If you have anything else you'd like to add to better inform students of your expectations and/or experience, please do so here.

· As a debater there is one thing that I share with my teammates often so take it how you will and that is that “You may not get every ballot but you do win every debate through the education and experience you gain in the round alone.”

But this could also be more of my sore loser side speaking so who knows? Take it how you will......

· Also let me know if you need me to keep time or I will automatically assume that you are keeping time for yourself

· When it comes to speaker points I am pretty nice as long as you are nice, doing your best finishing speeches, and debating your opponent’s case and if you reference the show scandal within your speech you will not be disappointed in your speaker points
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