Thomas Holm directs the first-year Lawyering Skills Clinical Program, a course focusing on practice-oriented legal analysis, legal research, legal writing, and clinical skills. As Director, Professor Holm is responsible for curriculum development and for training new and junior faculty regarding effective teaching methods. He teaches Lawyering Skills and the Writing Advisor Seminar, an advanced legal writing course that is associated with the program. An accomplished instructor, Professor Holm received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award in just his fourth year of teaching in 2000; he received the Law School's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.
Professor Holm 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. Professor Holm served on the LexisNexis Legal Research and Writing Advisory Board, and wrote and edited several chapters for the first and second editions of LexisNexis’ Lessons in Legal Research: A Manual for Instructors. He lectures nationally to prospective law students on legal research, legal writing, and exam-taking skills. He also serves as a consultant to law firms, where he provides extensive workshops on legal writing and legal research.
During law school, Professor Holm was Note & Comment 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. Professor Holm subsequently practiced at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he specialized in environmental insurance coverage and bank regulatory matters.