John H. Marks

John H. Marks


B.S., summa cum laude, Michigan State University 1981
J.D., magna cum laude, University of California, Davis, School of Law 1989

Professor Marks joined Thomas Cooley's faculty after teaching at the University of California-Davis School of Law. While at UC Davis, he taught Legal Research and Writing, Legal Methods, and Marital Property, and served as adviser to a number of successful moot court teams.

Before turning to a career teaching law, Professor Marks clerked for Chief Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court. He later was an associate with the Los Angeles offices of Sidley & Austin, where he worked primarily on commercial litigation matters. His experience includes private sector litigation involving commercial contracts, securities fraud, business torts, employment discrimination, and disability rights. His interest in disability rights stems from five years as a special education instructor, rehabilitation therapist, and social worker.

In law school, Professor Marks was a member of several successful moot court teams. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and was the recipient of several American Jurisprudence Awards.

Professor Marks is a member of the State Bar of California and Michigan and has been admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He teaches Torts, Remedies, and Employment Discrimination.



John H. Marks, Symmetrical Use Of Universal Damages Principles--Such As The Principles Underlying the Doctrine of Proximate Cause--To Distinguish Breach-Induced Benefits That Offset Liability From Those That Do Not, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 1387 (2009).

John H. Marks, The Limit to Premises Liability for "Known or Obvious" Dangers: Will it Trip and Fall over the Duty-Breach Framework Emerging in the Restatement (Third) of Torts?, 38 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1 (2005).

John H. Marks and Dena Marks, Lingering Questions about the Wrongful Death of a Previable Fetus, 83 Mich. Bar J. 28 (2004).

John H. Marks, Smoke, Mirrors, and the Disappearance of "Vicarious" Liability: The Emergence of a Dubious Summary-Judgment Safe Harbor for Employers Whose Supervisory Personnel Commit Hostile Environment Workplace Harassment, 38 Houston L. Rev. 1401 (2002).

John H. Marks, Title VII's Flight Beyond First Amendment Radar: A Yin-Yang Attenuation of Speech Incident to Discriminatory Abuse in the Workplace, 9 Colum. J. Gender & L. 1 (1999).

John H. Marks, Title VII's Flight Within First Amendment Radar: The Outer Cosmos of Employer Liability for Workplace Harassment Absent a Tangibly Discriminatory Employment Action, 25 U. Dayton L. Rev. 1 (1999).

Other Writings

John H. Marks, Damages Outline, Lansing, MI: Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2012).

John H. Marks, Injunctions Outline, Lansing, MI: Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2012).

John H. Marks, Restitution Outline, Lansing, MI: Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2012).

John H. Marks, Intraschool Moot Court. (Instructions and Samples) Lansing, MI. Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1998).

John H. Marks, Legal Research and Writing, Lansing, MI: Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1997).

John H. Marks, Writing Memoranda of Law, Lansing, Michigan: Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1996).


New Direction in Premises Law?, Premises Law Forum, Michigan Association for Justice, April 2009.


Real-World Experience

Specialties: Commercial Litigation, Disability Rights

Courses: Torts, Remedies, Employment Discrimination

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