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CLE and Business Education Speaker

An accomplished speaker known for his wit, Mark has a gift for presenting complex topics in a practical, entertaining, and easy to understand manner.  Click here to download brochure.

How to Draft a Bad Contract is "Simply brilliant." - Steven Pinker, Harvard University

"Mark Cohen has served as faculty for Colorado Bar CLE and he has a wonderful ability to connect with his audience.  His content and delivery were outstanding." - Gary Abrams, Executive Director, Colorado Bar CLE

Mark has presented courses for organizations that include the Colorado Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Colorado Municipal League, Lorman Business Seminars, MESA CLE, and Rossdale CLE.  He served as a military law analyst for MSNBC and also appeared on the Today Show.  Mark taught advanced legal writing at the University of Arkansas School of Law.  Mark successfully competed in humorous speech contests at a high level for twelve years.  A former chairperson of the Advisory Board of The Colorado Lawyer magazine, Mark has written numerous legal and non-legal articles. His mysteries, The Fractal Murders and Bluetick Revenge, were published by a Time-Warner subsidiary.  The Fractal Murders was a Book Sense Top Ten mystery pick. 

Mark's popular presentations include:

Mark created this entertaining program based on his article, How to Draft a Bad Contract. Course materials include a copy of Mark's article and a PowerPoint presentation that includes numerous boilerplate clauses in plain English and explains why they are important. Designed to be a 1/2 day program, Mark can present a shorter version or combine it with his Plain English program for an all day event.

Mark first became interested in this topic as a collections lawyer.  He wrote the seminal Proof of Facts article on this topic (45 POF3d 1) and co-authored an article on it for Causes of Action.  He has litigated many cases involving corporate veil issues.  This entire area of law is, as Justice Cardozo once wrote, "Enveloped in the mists of metaphor."  Mark will help lawyers unlearn the inaccurate information they received in law school and help them understand the topic in a new way.

"There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is its style.  The other is its content." - Prof. Fred Rodell, Yale Law School.

There is no good reason for lawyers to write in the archaic style popular in England three hundred years ago. Plain English is writing that is clear, concise, and readily understood by the target audience. The use of plain English lowers costs, improves productivity, increases credibility and reduces misunderstandings.  A fierce advocate for plain English, Mark teaches attendees the benefits of plain English and how to rid their writing from the scourge of Legalese.  Normally a 1/2 day program, Mark can tailor it to your organization's needs.  He can also present a similar program for non-lawyers called Plain English for Business.

The Vietnam War saw the United States – the world’s mightiest military power – attempt to prevent communists from taking South Vietnam.  Many battles pitted the U.S. against the Viet Cong.  The U.S. lost the war.  Like war, litigation involves conflict.  What can the Viet Cong teach us about litigating against an opponent with vastly superior resources?  In this presentation, Mark (a former Air Force lawyer) teaches draws on his study of armed conflict and 33 years of legal experience to teach lawyers how to litigate against large firms and better funded opponents.  Normally a 1/2 program.

Would you like to clarify your thinking? Construct more persuasive arguments? Improve your writing? Reduce misunderstandings? You can. Just avoid using the verb to be. To be creates problems because we tend to use it like an equal sign. We say, “The cat is white.” But cat and white are two different concepts. Cat denotes an animal. White denotes a color. If we can’t use is, we must instead say something like, “The cat has white fur”a more accurate statement.  E-Prime is a form of English that avoids the verb to be.  In this presentation, Mark helps attendees see language in a new way -- a way that will improve their writing and clarity of thought.  This  is a 1/2 day program, but Mark can combine it with his Plain English program.

  • Solo Practice for Fun and Profit

With 33 years of legal experience, mostly as a sole practitioner, Mark has learned many lessons, sometimes the hard way.  In this amusing presentation, Mark shares what he has learned and offers practical tips on how to enjoy and profit from your practice.  Course materials include many useful forms.

Mark's other presentations include:

  • How to Buy or Sell a Horse
  • Helping Realtors Avoid Lawsuits
  • Preventive Law
  • Helping Home Inspectors Avoid Lawsuits
  • Helping Small Businesses Avoid Lawsuits

Mark can customize any of these programs for your audience and create other programs of interest to your organization's members.  He can also organize panels for presentations on these and other topics.

If you would like to speak with Mark about the possibility of having him give a presentation to your organization, please call him at (303) 638-3410 or email him at mark @cohenslaw.com.

Mark lives in a secure compound in an undisclosed location near Boulder with his purebred North Korean Shepherd, Diego.

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