Calleros article published in Perspectives

June 19, 2013

An article by law professor Charles Calleros about adapting legal writing curricula to emerging communication technologies, such as iPhones or similar hand-held devices, has been published in Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing.

The essay, “Traditional Office Memoranda and E-mail Memos, in Practice and in the First Semester,” argues that traditional memoranda remain the best vehicle for teaching legal method, analysis, organization and writing. However, Calleros writes, first-year legal writing courses should additionally assign more concise follow-up memos that can fit comfortably within the body of an email, can be easily read on the screen of a hand-held device, and can employ any sensible format that suits the assignment. portrait of ASU law professor Charles Calleros Download Full Image

Perspectives is a newsletter published by Thomson Reuters for legal research and writing instructors and law firm and law school librarians.

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Calleros’ research interests include international and comparative contract law; international conflict of laws; the intersection of free speech with race and gender discrimination; and various issues regarding legal education. At ASU, he teaches Contracts, International Contracts, Civil Rights Legislation, and Legal Method and Writing, using his own published textbooks for Contracts and Legal Method and Writing.

Marchant discusses DNA patents on 'Horizon'

June 19, 2013

ASU Regents’ Professor Gary Marchant, faculty director of the College of Law’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation, appeared on Eight, Arizona PBS' "Horizon" on June 17 to discuss the issue of patenting human genes.

On June 13 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies cannot patent naturally occurring DNA, but they can patent synthetic DNA. This has led to arguments among researchers and many pharmaceutical companies. portrait of ASU Regents' Professor Gary Marchant Download Full Image

In the interview, Marchant said he thinks the decision will benefit genome research overall, noting that 21st century innovation has been blocked by 20th century patents.

“To get a patent it has to be something new, something that doesn’t exist,” Marchant said.  “It has to be human-made, essentially.”

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Marchant, ASU Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics, frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He has authored more than 60 articles and book chapters on various issues relating to emerging technologies.