If you asked Manning Warren what his typical work day is like, he’d be hard-pressed to find a good answer. That’s because Warren, the current holder of the H. Edward Harter Chair of Commercial Law at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law and one of the world’s leading scholars on corporate and securities law, never has a “typical” day.

Manning Warren, current holder of the H. Edward Harter Chair of Commercial Law at the University of Louisville School of Law.

On any given day, he might be teaching a class in corporate or venture capital law, preparing course materials, fielding student inquiries, or writing an article for a prestigious legal journal. Because he is considered a leading authority on securities and financial services law in both the U.S. and the European Union, he might also be in the midst of preparing an amicus brief for the Supreme Court or consulting with federal and state securities regulators on registration and enforcement issues.

Lately, you might even find Warren working at a telethon for hurricane victims. (He currently is Chair of the Kentucky Red Cross, has been a volunteer leader in the international Red Cross movement, and was the founder and director of Friendship Guatemala, an American Red Cross volunteer medical training program in Guatemala.)

When asked, Warren (who describes himself as “laid-back, but a perfectionist”) talked about the attributes he is looking for in this position.

“I want a self-starter who, during slow times, will take it upon herself or himself to improve both their own skills and office processes. I need someone who is articulate and has professional communication skills because they will need to be able to talk to anyone, from inquiring students to highly regarded community leaders and dignitaries.”

People skills

Because this role requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, he’d like to have someone with public relations experience who can persuasively communicate within the university, with community leaders, and other prominent professionals.

“I’m looking for someone who is organized, poised and disciplined,” Warren said. He added, “a good sense of humor would also be welcome.”

Organizational skills

There is a lot of planning and organizing behind the many projects Warren is involved with. He or she will plan and manage the calendar for Warren, schedule interviews and meetings, and coordinate travel arrangements.

Research and writing

The Program Coordinator will also maintain the Chair of Commercial Law’s law library and class materials. These responsibilities include editing teaching materials, correspondence and manuscripts, as well as developing presentation materials. This would also include doing some basic legal research, as requested by Warren.

“I’m looking for someone with self-initiative who can provide top-level assistance on a variety of projects I’m involved in,” Warren said. This is the ideal opportunity for someone who doesn’t want to be bogged down doing the same thing day after day.

“The pace in the office varies. It can get very busy during the school year but slow down a bit in December and the summer months.”

Working at the University of Louisville School of Law

Warren mentions the upbeat, positive atmosphere of the law school as it prepares to welcome a new dean. After an extensive national search, U of L has announced that Colin Crawford, a renowned international scholar and former Associate Dean at Tulane, will take the top spot beginning January 1.

The University of Louisville is known for offering employees exceptional benefits packages, as well as tuition remission programs.

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