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Colin P. Marks

Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Innovative Programs | Ernest W. Clemens Professor of Law


Contact Information



  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Houston Law Center, 2001
  • B.S. University of Missouri – Columbia, 1997

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Business Associations
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Secured Transactions


Professor Marks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001 where he served as an associate editor on the Houston Law Review. After law school, Professor Marks clerked for the Honorable Harold R. DeMoss Jr. on the United States Fifth Court of Appeals for two years.

In the fall of 2003, Professor Marks joined the law firm of Baker Botts, L.L.P., in Houston, Texas where he was an associate in the trial department. At Baker Botts, his practice concentrated on commercial litigation, as well as some pro bono criminal work. Professor Marks left Baker Botts in the summer of 2006 to join St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Professor Marks was awarded tenure in 2010 and promoted to the rank of full professor that same year. In 2014, Professor Marks was named the inaugural Director of the Master of Jurisprudence Program. In 2019, Professor Marks was named Associate Dean for Graduate and Summer Programs.


  • Member of the American Law Institute (ALI) (elected in
  • President (2019-20), Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS)
  • University Excellence Award St. Mary’s University (2017-18) (awarded to one faculty member per year at the University)
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (20914-15)
  • Business Law Section, UCC Annual Survey Subcommittee Co-Chair (Fall 2013-Present)
  • AALS Section on Contracts, Executive Committee (2018-Present)
  • AALS Section on Agency, Partnerships, LLCs and Unincorporated Associations, Executive Committee (2013-Present)
  • Selected for the 2010 Call for Papers on Freedom of Contract Presented by the Federalists Society and the John Templeton Foundation
  • Selected for the 2010 Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Call for Papers
  • St. Mary’s Law Journal Outstanding Faculty Advocate Award (2010)
  • Student Bar Association Professor of the Year (2009)
  • Order of the Coif


Books and Book Chapters

  • Mastering Sales (Carolina Academic Press 2018) (with Jeremy Kidd)
  • Color Me Secured (Peter Lane Publishing 2017) (with Marc L. Roark; illustrations by David Spear)
  • Business Torts: Cases, Materials and Problems (West 2016) (with Douglas K. Moll)
  • Jiminy Cricket for the Corporation: Understanding the Corporate “Conscience”, in Enron and Other Corporate Fiascos: The Corporate Scandal Reader (Nancy B. Rapoport, Jeffrey D. Van Niel & Bala G. Dharan eds., Foundation Press 2d ed. 2009)
  • Selected publications can be viewed on Professor Marks’ SSRN page.

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