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, 3rd ed. (West, 2022). 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. 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.
Presented “What Role Does the Legal Memorandum (Properly) Play in Predicting Legal Outcomes, and Why Does it Matter for Legal Writing Professors?” at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona.
Presented “How Shifting Social Narratives Have Driven Changes in Marijuana Law Over the Past 150 Years,” at the 8th Biennial Applied Storytelling Conference, held at the Mercer University School of Law, Macon, Georgia, (virtual presentation).
Presented “Cannabis Law in the United States: Past, Present & Future,” at the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy, (virtual presentation).
Presented “A Short History of Marijuana Regulation in the United States” at the KJEANRL Issues in Marijuana Law Symposium, held at the University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, (virtual presentation).
Presented, “Current Issues in Marijuana Law” at the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy.