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Sean Mangan Joins Law Faculty to Focus on the Practical

Among the sea of new faces at the College of Law this fall will be that of Sean Mangan, who has joined the College as an Assistant Professor of Law.

Mangan, a 2002 University of Virginia School of Law graduate, will be teaching Transactional Drafting on Tuesdays and Thursdays this semester. In the spring, meanwhile, the Cincinnati native will be instructing two courses, he said.

“I am a professor of practice – similar to (Professor) Marjorie Aaron – teaching more of the practical aspects of being an attorney, with a focus on non-litigation practice,” Mangan said.

In his days as a law student, Mangan foresaw the possibility of one day being a law professor. Nearly a decade after earning his J.D., he has become just that.

Mangan grew up in Montgomery and attended the University of Notre Dame. He completed his undergraduate studies as a government major, earning a degree in Notre Dame’s version of political science. After spending four years in the Marine Corps following his undergraduate days, Mangan followed in his brother’s footsteps by attending law school. While in law school, Mangan worked on the Virginia Law Review. During his first and second summers, Mangan was a summer associate at Frost Brown Todd and Washington D.C.’s Wiley Rein & Fielding, respectively. Subsequent to graduating from UVA and passing the bar, he practiced litigation in Northern Virginia, just outside of D.C.

About a year later, Mangan and his wife Elizabeth – a Georgetown Law grad and currently the general counsel at Miller-Valentine Group – returned to Cincinnati. After two years of practice locally, Mangan opted to focus on benefits law. From 2004 through 2010, Mangan worked downtown at Graf & Stiebel, doing employee benefits, estate planning, and representation of closely held companies, he said.

The next stop for Mangan was an in-house position with one of Graft & Stiebel’s clients – MED3000. After eight months, he decided he did not want to move to Pittsburgh – where MED3000 is headquartered – and before long joined the College of Law.

Focusing on the Practical

Having wanted to teach law for many years, Mangan will be helping students learn and develop skills in non-litigation areas such as corporate acquisitions and small business representation. While law school teaches students to think as a lawyer, but not entirely how to practice as one, Mangan feels there is “room to compliment that with practical curriculum.”

“That’s my goal – that when you walk out (as a College of Law graduate) you are more ready to practice law than you would have been if we didn’t have the position.”

Mangan spent many of the weeks prior to the fall semester preparing for his Legal Drafting class and getting a feel for the school and the other faculty members.

In his free time, meanwhile, he enjoys running, reading, and fishing. Of course, as a father of three, most of his time away from the College will be devoted to his family.

The current Mount Lookout resident is also a passionate Cincinnatian, enjoying the city’s people, its parks, Findlay Market and “of course the Reds.”

As summer comes to a close, Mangan is excited about his new position as a College of Law professor. “I couldn’t write a position better for me than this,” he said. “I think it will be a lot of fun and I think it will provide value to the students.”


 By Jordan Cohen, ‘13