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Legal Method and Writing II: Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Contracts, and Correspondence, Eighth Edition

Charles R. Calleros, Kimberly Y.W. Holst


  • ISBN: 9781454897156

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    An ideal text for a second semester legal writing or advanced writing course, the Legal Method and Writing II, Eighth Edition immerses students in the world of appellate briefs, pleadings, motions, contracts, and professional correspondence. This revision expands coverage of motions to dismiss, while maintaining in-depth coverage of complaints, answers, motions for summary judgment, and motions in limine to exclude evidence. Numerous illustrations, sample documents, and exercises address issues ranging from enforcement of marriage contracts to sexual harassment in the workplace. 

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    Page Count 288
    Published 02/01/2018
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    Summary of Contents

    Table of Charts and Sample Documents

    Chapter 1 Advocacy: Overview and Ethics
    Chapter 2 Developing Your Legal Arguments
    Chapter 3 Expressing Your Advocacy: Persuasive Writing Style and Oral Argument

    Chapter 4 Pleadings and Motions to Dismiss
    Chapter 5 Motion for Summary Judgment
    Chapter 6 Motion to Exclude Evidence Before Trial

    Chapter 7 Standards of Appellate Review
    Chapter 8 The Brief—Effective Appellate Advocacy

    Chapter 9 Contracts
    Chapter 10 Advice Letters
    Chapter 11 Demand Letters

    Appendix Pleadings and Pretrial Motions: Assignments for Parts I and II


  • Author Information

    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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