Mark Osbeck, '86, teaches in the Law School's Legal Practice Program. He also is a leading authority on marijuana law, having authored two significant books on the subject:
Cases and Materials on Marijuana Law (West, 2019) and
Marijuana Law in a Nutshell (West, 2017). Osbeck also is the author of a widely used legal research text:
Impeccable Research: A Concise Guide to Mastering Legal Research Skills, 2nd ed. (West, 2015). In addition to marijuana law, Professor Osbeck's research interests include legal writing, legal research, judicial decision-making, and predictive legal analysis. 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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