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Legal Method and Writing, Ninth Edition

  • Charles R. Calleros
  • Kimberly Y.W. Holst
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Charles R. Calleros and Kimberly Y.W. Holst provide a solid grounding in the U.S. legal system and legal analysis, along with thorough coverage of predictive and persuasive writing spanning the entire first-year Legal Writing course and beyond. Illuminating text, illustrations, exercises, sample documents, and take-home assignments engage students in legal writing for a wide range of documents: office memoranda, briefs, trial court pleadings, motions, appellate briefs, contracts, advice letters, and more. And now, with a fresh design, the consolidated Ninth Edition of Legal Method and Writing highlights the many examples and illustrations in every chapter.

New to the Ninth Edition:
  • A single-volume text that consolidates predictive and persuasive writing for the full-year, 1L LRW course
  • Expanded and updated coverage of statutory interpretation, with new sources
  • New examples of statements of rules in objective memos and briefs
  • An enhanced design that highlights numerous helpful examples
  • Endnotes in each chapter that list all reference sources
  • Updated citation coverage that reflects the new Bluebook and ALWD editions
Professors and students will benefit from:
  • A comprehensive, skills-based approach to writing and legal analysis, designed to impart flexible skills that enable students to tackle any writing challenge in their future practice of law
  • Numerous practice exercises that advance students’ writing and analytical skills
  • Attention to cultural and gender diversity to add depth and perspective
  • Annotated examples of legal writing
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About the authors
Charles R. Calleros
Professor of Law
Sandra Day O#39;Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Charles Calleros is a professor of law at the Sandra Day Orsquo;Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where he has taught Legal Method and Writing, Advanced Writing Seminar, Contracts, International Contracts, Civil Rights Legislation, Torts, and Civil Clinic. He has taught Contract Law as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and Santa Clara University School of Law, and he has taught courses in introductory common law legal method at the University of Paris and the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. Following graduation from the U.C. Davis School of Law in 1978, Professor Calleros clerked for the Office of Central Staff Attorneys for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He credits his mentors there with stimulating his fascination for legal writing, prompting his request to be assigned to teach in the legal writing curriculum when he entered teaching after completing his term as a Central Staff Attorney and then clerking for Ninth Circuit Judge Procter Hug, Jr. Soon after joining the faculty at A.S.U. in 1981, Professor Calleros began directing writing programs at Phoenix law firms, providing him with concentrated exposure to written advocacy and transactional work. This experience, combined with his clerking with the Court of Appeals and with his teaching of both Contracts and Legal Writing, provided him with a rich combination of perspectives and bases of knowledge that formed the foundation for his textbook, Legal Method and Writing.

Kimberly Holst
Arizona State University

Kimberly Holst is a Clinical Professor of Law at Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and teaches Legal Method and Writing as well as upper-level writing and skills courses. Professor Holst’s scholarship focuses on the interdisciplinary use of methods from various areas of educational pedagogy and their application to teaching the law. Her work is also applied to the development of law school pedagogy in the global context. Specifically, Professor Holst has presented to various international audiences about techniques for more effective law school pedagogy. Additionally, she has written in the areas of intellectual property law and criminal procedure. Prior to joining ASU in 2010, she taught Legal Research and Writing at Hamline University School of Law and at the University of Minnesota Law School. While at Hamline, Professor Holst created a pipeline for diversity pilot program aimed at helping middle school-aged children think about and aspire to a career in the law. She also developed a self-assessment tool to aid first-year law students in reflecting about their skills and knowledge as they relate to achieving the school’s learning outcomes. Outside the classroom, Professor Holst has served as a mediator and an attorney for a Minnesota legal aid organization. She also practiced in a variety of areas as a private attorney prior to becoming a professor.

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