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Legal Method and Writing I: Predictive Writing, Eighth Edition

Charles R. Calleros, Kimberly Y.W. Holst


  • ISBN: 9781454897149

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    Focusing on predictive analysis, Legal Method and Writing I: Predictive Writing, Eighth Edition equips students to begin thinking and writing like a lawyer. Clear and comprehensive, the text utilizes numerous illustrations and exercises that immerse students in legal analysis, our system of precedent, use of authority, and predictive writing. Various formats of office memoranda are covered, with separate chapters on organization and writing style. Multicultural themes—seamlessly woven throughout the book—enrich class discussion with context and perspective. 
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    Page Count 332
    Published 02/01/2018
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    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents

    Table of Charts and Sample Documents Preface
    Preface (PDF Download)

    Chapter 1 Introduction to Writing Style: Policy, Purpose, and
    Chapter 2 Overview of the Case Method of Study

    Chapter 3 Common 23
    Chapter 4 Legislation

    Chapter 5 The Role of Precedent: The Court System and
    Stare Decisis
    Chapter 6 Deductive Reasoning and IRAC—Introduction to
    Legal Analysis

    Chapter 7 The Office Memorandum of Law
    Chapter 8 Organization of Office Memoranda and Briefs
    Chapter 9 Legal Writing Style in the Office Memorandum
    Chapter 10 Signaling, Presenting, and Quoting Authority


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    Charles R. Calleros

    Charles Calleros is a professor of law at the Sandra Day O’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

    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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