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Thomas Holm

Legal Writing Consultant

Thomas Holm runs his own legal writing consulting firm, where he offers intensive workshops on legal writing and advocacy skills to law firm attorneys and summer associates. His workshop topics include: approaches to predictive and persuasive written analysis; transitioning from academic legal writing to practice-oriented legal writing and analysis; writing compelling, persuasive introductions and statements of fact; framing persuasive rules and case discussions; structure and content of effective factual arguments; pre-writing and organizational techniques; and writing and editing skills.

Mr. Holm previously served for nearly two decades as director and professor for the UCLA School of Law’s Lawyering Skills Program. In Lawyering Skills, Mr. Holm taught first-year law students practice-oriented legal analysis, legal research, legal writing, and clinical skills. He also taught the Writing Advisor Seminar, an advanced legal writing and editing course associated with the Lawyering Skills Program. In 2000, he was awarded UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2010, he was awarded the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching honor for professors at . He is the author of A Journey of Faith, Love, and Teaching, a modified and expanded essay version of his Rutter Award speech published by the UCLA Law Review. 58 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 215 (2011). He is also a co-author of Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success, a concise and down-to-earth guide that identifies and illustrates the relationship between the case method approach to teaching and the process of legal argument in order to promote students’ competence in studying, and ultimately practicing, law.

Mr. Holm attended the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he was Notes and Comments editor for the University of Minnesota Law Review, was elected to The Order of the Coif, and received the ABA’s Edward J. Devitt Scholarship for excellence in trial advocacy. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and worked as an associate at the firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he specialized in environmental insurance coverage and bank regulatory matters.

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