Assistant Professor Mohsen Manesh's research interest focuses on the intersection of corporate, contract and LLC law. He has authored articles in the Boston College Law Review, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and the Stanford Technology Law Review, among others. His work has been cited in the popular Friedenthal, Miller, Sexton and Hershkoff civil procedure case book and, more recently, by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the 2011 case Litwin v. Blackstone Group LP. Professor Manesh also is the faculty director for the school's Portland Program.
Prior to joining Oregon Law, Professor Manesh was an associate attorney in the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. At Davis Wright Tremaine, Professor Manesh practiced in the areas of corporate finance and business transactions, representing a variety of clients ranging from small, venture-backed start-ups to publicly traded corporations.
Below is a Q&A with Professor Manesh on what he enjoys about her life as a legal educator.
Q: What inspired you to become a legal educator?
A: Law is just the field I happen to be in. But the desire to teach others, in any field and in any capacity, comes from my own teachers — from my parents, from high school and from my mentors in law and practice.
Q: If you did not work as a legal educator, what other profession would you choose?
A: For me, I miss many facets of law practice: the stakes, the responsibility, the premium on efficiency and judgment. I even miss those subtle spaces for personal creativity in writing a simple email or drafting an agreement. If I didn't do this, I'd practice law again.
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching law?
A: Without a doubt, it's the students. Opening minds, changing minds, creating festering doubts, reaffirming preconceived notions: I enjoy it all.
Q: What is your personal mission statement in the classroom?
A: Demanding, respectful, exacting, rewarding. That is what I earnestly strive for, even if I don't always achieve it.
Q: What do you enjoy most about living in Eugene?
A: My path to Eugene took me through Arkansas (where I grew up and attended college), Washington, D.C. (where I attended law school), and Washington state (where I practiced law). As an outsider, what I appreciate most about the Pacific Northwest, and Eugene in particular, is the surrounding natural beauty, proximity to the Pacific coast, mild winters, and a local culture that values fresh, locally raised foods and sustainable lifestyles.
Q: What are some of your personal hobbies/interests outside of work?
A: I’m an indiscriminate news junkie — your typical avid NPR listener. But I also love reading daily papers. Politics, business, science and sports, national, local or hyper local, whatever; I don't care. But not the celebrity gossip stuff. In that respect, I suppose I do discriminate.
Q: What is your absolute favorite thing to do when you aren't working?
A: I love, love, love my job. But I really love not working too. I love to relax, live in the moment, work with my hands and luxuriate in the pulse of the day.
Q: The most memorable place you have visited is…
A: Scents, not places, stir the strongest memories: my mother's home cooking, the lawn after a fresh mow and the pavement wet after a summer rain. There is something deep and indescribable about those scents.
Q: Who most influenced your life or is someone you most look up to?
A: Our wise and beneficent Dean Moffitt!