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Bloom, Michael L.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Transactional Lab & Clinic

3036 South Hall
Michael L. Bloom teaches contracts, business, and transactional law classes and directs the Transactional Lab & Clinic. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, he was a lecturer in law and the executive director of the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic, which he cofounded, at the University of Chicago Law School. Additionally, he practiced corporate and transactional law at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, with a focus on technology transactions and mergers and acquisitions. ​​For 2017, he serves​ as secretary of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Teaching Methods an​d as chair-elect of the AALS Section ​​​on Technology, Law, and Legal Education. Additionally, he is on the Faculty Advisory Board of the University's Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning and the Technology Law and Training Advisory Board of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Professor Bloom is the coauthor of two books on contracts from a transactional perspective: Contracts and Commercial Transactions and Contracts: A Transactional Approach, both published by Aspen. One of his primary teaching and research objectives is to develop innovative materials and methods for introducing practical elements into legal education, in particular with respect to contracts and transactions. His other teaching and research interests include negotiation, mediation, business organizations, sports law, and intellectual property.

Professor Bloom earned his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as a teaching fellow and helped launch a community development bank as part of the Community Development Financial Institutions Clinic. He earned his BA, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan, where he studied American history and was a Dean's Merit Scholar and a member of the Bentley Society.

Recent Publications

"Incorporating Experience into First-Year Contracts." B. Pilz, co-author. In Experiential Learning Across the Curriculum, edited by E. Grant et al. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, Forthcoming.

"Ethical Pitfalls for Lawyers Working with Nonprofit Coalitions." S. Sheikh-Khalil and Y. Zhou, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (September 12, 2016).
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"Some IP Indemnification Considerations for Tech Vendors." L. Chandler and A. Peterson, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (June 13, 2016).
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"Lean Contracting With Modular Framework Agreement." A. Alvarez and Z. James, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (May 20, 2016).
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"Common Pitfalls in Consumer Product Warranties." A. Luong and D. Pisano, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (April 19, 2016).
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"Aligning Incentives in Construction Contracts." R. Garber and R. Spille, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (March 10, 2016).
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"Drafting Data Security Provisions: 3 Key Elements." J. Bulaon and M. Steinberg, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (November 30, 2015).​
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"Demystifying the Battle of the Forms." S. Conaway and A. Hartill, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (October 28, 2015).
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"Cautious Considerations for Contracting with Minors." M. McLoughlin, T. Cross, and E. Beitler, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (September 29, 2015).
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"3 Questions to Ask When Drafting Any Contract." J. La Vigne, E. Scharphorn, and D. Weinberg, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (September 9, 2015).
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"A Data Security and Privacy Orientation for Deal Lawyers." J. Savage and K. Gaughan, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (June 15, 2015).
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"Reflective Deal Lawyering and Proactive Planning." K. Moran and E. Zinaman, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (May 27, 2015).
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"Benefiting From Warranties in Third-Party Contracts" A. Haney and D. F. Bass, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (April 10, 2015).
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"Are You Really Indemnified for That?" E. A. Anderson and R. Y. Liu, co-authors. Corporate Counsel (March 12, 2015).
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"Understanding 'Hold Harmless' and 'Defend' in Indemnification." J. Feldman et al., co-authors. Corporate Counsel (February 17, 2015).​
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​Co-presented "Legaltech's Impact on Access" at the LegalTech Venture Day, June 15, 2018.

Co-presented "Effective Project Management for Transactional Lawyers" in collaboration with ALI CLE, June 6, 2018. ​

Co-presented "Contract Drafting Traps for the Unwary: Insurance Provisions" in collaboration with ALI CLE, March 20, 2018. ​

Co-presented "Effective Project Management for Transactional Lawyers" in collaboration with ALI CLE, February 28, 2018. ​

Presented "Contract Drafting Traps for the Unwary: Confidentiality Agreements" in collaboration with ALI CLE, July 31, 2017. ​

Presented "Contract Drafting Traps for the Unwary: Limitation-of-Liability Provisions" in collaboration with ALI CLE, April 27, 2017.

Moderated "Using Technology to Unlock Engagement and Learning" at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting, January 4, 2017.

Presented "Contract Drafting Traps for the Unwary: Indemnification Provisions" in collaboration with ALI CLE, October 31, 2016.

Presented "Better Contract Drafting Skills Workshop" in collaboration with Minnesota CLE, July 19, 2016.

Co-presented "Training the Next Generation of Corporate Counsel: How Clients, Law Firms, and Law Schools Can Share the Challenge" at the 2016 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, April 7, 2016.​

Presented "Designing Interactive Digital Learning Tools" at the 2015 Professional Development Institute, December 4, 2015.

Guest taught "Innovation in Digital Legal Education & Practical Training" in Innovation in Legal Education and Practice class at Harvard Law School, November 11, 2015. ​

Co-presented ​"New Transactional, Entrepreneurship, and IP Law School Clinics/Labs: What's Working and How?​" at the ​Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2015 Conference, July 30, 2015.​

Presented "​Risk ​Provisions​: Representations and Warranties, Limitation​s​ of Liability, and Indemnification​" and ​"Restrictive Covenants: Confidentiality​, Nondisclosure, Non-​Compete,​ and Non-Solicitation​" at the ​Minnesota CLE Drafting and Reviewing Business Contracts seminar, July 16, 2015.​

Presented "​Designing Interactive Digital Learning Tools​" at the ​2015​ Professional Development Consortium Summer Conference​, July 9, 2015.​

Presented "Designing Interactive Digital Learning Tools" at the Chicago Professional Development Consortium, June 23, 2015.​

Co-presented "Conducting Effective Due Diligence in M&A Deals"​​ in collaboration with ALI CLE, June 17, 2015.