Holly Jane Caldwell


AB, Brown University
JD, Duke University School of Law


Ms. Caldwell received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law in 2002. As a law student, she was a member of the Order of the Coif and Articles Editor for the Duke Law Journal. After graduating, she served as law clerk to United States District Court Judge Robert E. Keeton of the District of Massachusetts. In 2003 she joined Ropes & Gray in Boston, where she was a litigator for several years.  She currently serves as the firm’s writing coach. Ms. Caldwell received her A.B. from Brown University. Ms. Caldwell taught in the J.D. Writing Program for eight years. Ms. Caldwell will be teaching the class on Persuasive Writing.


3 credits

This seminar will focus on improving students' persuasive writing skills through a series of assignments and in-class exercises. Students will draft a variety of documents designed to persuade, including a statement of the facts and memos in support of motions. Some legal research will be necessary for these assignments, but the emphasis will be on writing, not on research. Students will complete multiple drafts of these documents, meet individually with the instructor to discuss the drafts, and engage in peer editing of their classmates' papers to improve their own writing skills. The class will also include discussions of persuasive writing strategies, comparisons of examples of good and bad persuasive writing, and in-class writing exercises. Students will be graded on the basis of their written work, their peer editing work, and on their classroom participation. There will be no final exam. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 14 students. NOTES: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 713 A1 , Jan 22nd to Apr 23rd 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Holly Jane Caldwell LAW
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 713 A1 , Jan 28th to Apr 22nd 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Holly Jane Caldwell
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