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Eli Anders

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Harvard Seeks Judges Feb 13-15 (CX, LD, PF)
« on: January 16, 2010, 02:47:23 PM »

Hello!  The Harvard Debate Council seeks judges for the 36th Annual Harvard National Invitational Forensics Tournament, to be held February 13-15, 2010 (the Saturday - Monday of President's Day Weekend).  Details about the tournament are available   Please check the schedule ( of the event you would like to judge to determine your availability prior to contacting us. 

We seek judges for the following events:

(1) Policy / Team / Cross-Examination Debate.

This year, there will be two divisions: Varsity, with 7 preliminary rounds, and Junior Varsity with 6.  To judge in this event, you must have participated in policy debate either as a competitor or a judge at the high school or college level, and be approved by the tournament directors.


Base pay is $17.50/round for Varsity Policy, $20/round for JV Policy.  Judges who commit to being available for all 7 Varsity prelims (or all 6 JV prelims plus JV Doubles on Sunday night) will be paid $150(var)/$160(JV).  We have a special need for judging Monday morning for the Varsity Doubles/JV Octas, so judges who commit to being available for all of the prelims plus the first elim Monday morning will be paid $200.  All payment is on the condition that you show up on time for each of your rounds, fill in ballots correctly, hand ballots in promptly, and do not in otherwise impede the tournament's administration.   

If you are especially qualified and would like to judge elimination rounds on Monday, we may be able to work out a special compensation package for you.  Housing is limited and only available to extremely qualified judges who can judge all preliminary rounds and several early outrounds.

(2) Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate.

We offer 6 preliminary rounds of Varsity LD on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Triple Octafinals on Sunday evening.  To judge in this event, you must have national-circuit experience as an LD debater or judge.

Compensation is $15/round judged.  You must show up to pick up your ballot 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each round you are judging. 

(3) Public Forum Debate.

We offer 6 preliminary rounds of PF on Saturday and Sunday.  No prior experience in debate is necessary.  We are hiring a limited number of PF judges.   Compensation is $15/round judged.  For more information about Public Forum Debate (its format, how it is judged, etc.), please see and


If you are interested, please send an email to with the following information:

Subject:  JUDGE FOR (event that you are interested in judging:  CX, JVLD, PF)

1.  Name
2.  Email
3.  Cell Phone Number
4.  Event (CX, VarLD, PF)
5.  Rounds you would be available to judge (consult schedule at  Note that each event has a different schedule, so you should put down which preliminary rounds for your preferred event you are available to judge.)
6.  Relevant experience (both high school and college participation and judging experience)
7.  High schools you cannot judge due to conflicts.

We will send confirmation emails upon receipt of your application, with more information to follow.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at
Also, please feel free to forward this email to any and all interested parties.

Thank you,
Eli Anders
Harvard Debate Council