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Osbeck, Mark K.

Clinical Professor of Law
Legal Practice Program

433 Hutchins Hall
734.764.9337
E-mail mosbeck@umich.edu

Mark K. Osbeck, '86, teaches Legal Practice I and II and Transactional Drafting. He is the author of Impeccable Research: A Concise Guide to Mastering Legal Research Skills, 2nd ed. (West, 2015). His research interests include legal writing, legal research, judicial decision-making, predictive legal analysis, and marijuana law. Before joining Michigan Law in 2001, Professor Osbeck was a partner in the Denver office of a large law firm. He litigated sophisticated commercial cases for a number of years, first in Washington, D.C., and later in Denver, and he has extensive trial and appellate experience before a number of state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Professor Osbeck received an AB, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan, an MA in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University, and a JD, cum laude, from Michigan Law. While attending Johns Hopkins, he received a University Fellowship, the top departmental award. In law school, he received certificates of merit for legal writing and political philosophy, and was a note editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Following his law school graduation, he served as a judicial clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Charles L. Levin.

 

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Recent Publications

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"Lawyer as Soothsayer: Exploring the Important Role of Outcome Prediction in the Practice of Law." Penn St. L. Rev. (Forthcoming).
Full Text: MLaw Repository | SSRN

Cases and Materials on Marijuana Law. Howard Bromberg and Mike Vitiello, co-authors. West Academic Publishing, Forthcoming, 2019.

"Outcome Prediction in the Practice of Law." Michael Gilliland, co-author. Foresight: Int'l J. Applied Forecasting 2018, no. 50 (2018): 42-8.

Marijuana Law in a Nutshell. H. Bromberg, co-author. St. Paul, MN: West, 2017.

"Introducing Marijuana Law into the Legal Writing Curriculum." H. Bromberg, co-author. Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 24, no. 1 & 2 (2016): 3-7.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | WWW

"Using Data Analytics Tools to Supplement Traditional Research and Analysis in Forecasting Case Outcomes." Legal Writing: J. Legal Writing Inst. 20 (2015): 33-6.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | SSRN | WWW

Impeccable Research A Concise Guide to Mastering Legal Research Skills. 2nd ed. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, MN: West, 2015.
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Activities

Presented "Outcome Prediction in the Practice of Law" at the 2018 International Symposium on Forecasting, University of Colorado, Boulder, June 2018.

Presented "Student/Faculty Social Interactions as a Component of Student Wellness" at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Denver Sturm School of Law, Denver, March 2018.

Co-presented "Some Ideas for Effectively Incorporating Transactional Drafting into the 1L Legal Writing Class" at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Stetson University School of Law, Gulfport, Florida, April 2017.

Presented "Teaching Transactional Drafting in the 1L Legal Writing Class" at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Conner School of Law, Phoenix, March 2017.

Presented (with Howard Bromberg) "Marijuana Legalization and Child Custody Issues" at the Michigan Association of Court Mediators conference, Traverse City, Michigan, September 2016.

Participated in a panel discussion on "Teaching Legal Research" at the Southeast Legal Writing Conference, University of Miami Law School, January 2016.

Member, Scholarship Development & Outreach Committee, Legal Writing Institute (LWI).​