Jack Manhire

Director of Program Development & Senior Lecturer

Jack Manhire

“Fall passionately in love with an area of the law and study it harder than anything you’ve ever studied before. If you dive deeply enough you will find it fascinating and fulfilling. Your job is to actively search for an area worthy of your passion.”

Get to Know Jack Manhire

What drew you to the law?

My wife (then girlfriend) saw me arguing all the time in our undergraduate Student Senate so she encouraged me to go to law school.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love the intellectual interplay. I always learn as much if not more from my students as they do from me.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I like to introduce new concepts to students, but I enjoy even more introducing familiar concepts in a completely new way. I hope students take away the skills to reflect upon assumed truths and investigate them from different perspectives.

What are you passionate about outside the law?

I am fascinated by complex systems and am fairly obsessed with trying to find predictive patterns in any system, from the biological to the economic. I also play multiple instruments and love composing classical pieces and rocking out hard to classic rock and grunge.

What are your research interests?

At the most general level, I am interested in the relationship between complex systems and their constituent members, and where possible, how to measure this relationship. I’ve previously explored this in the areas of federal tax compliance and law school demographic representation. ​I am currently exploring the application of this research to (1) the professional development of individual attorneys within a larger system of practitioners, clients, and administrative bodies, and (2) the micro/macro movements of financial markets. My hope is that these investigations will clarify how law can play an appropriate regulatory role in both individual human action and collective, diverse systems.


Link to my publications.


  • Professionalism and leadership
  • Federal agencies
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal clinics
  • Legal ethics
  • Taxation


  • Texas A&M University School of Law
    Senior Lecturer (2016 – Present)
    Director, Program Development (2015-Present)
  • U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, Treasury Executive Institute
    Resident Faculty & Chair, Executive Education Programs (2015)
    Visiting Faculty (2013-2014)
  • Internal Revenue Service
    Chief, Legal Analysis Branch, Office of Professional Responsibility (2012-2015)
    Director, Technical Analysis & Guidance (2011-2012)
    Attorney-Advisor to the National Taxpayer Advocate (2010-2011)
    Appeals Officer, Office of Appeals (2009-2010)
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
    Division Chief, Tax Law (2007-2009)
  • American Tax Solutions
    Senior Tax Associate (2004-2009)
  • Solo Practice, Tax Controversies
  • Tax Attorney (1999-2004)
  • University of Central Florida
    Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies (1997-1998)
  • TASC
    In-house Counsel (1997-1999)
  • First Judicial Circuit of Virginia
    Law Clerk to Hon. E. Preston Grissom, Judge (1996)


  • University Fellow, Yale University (Ph.D. program)
    • Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, Editor
  • J.D., Regent University School of Law, cum laude
    • Regent University Law Review, Managing Editor
  • B.A., Saint Leo University, magna cum laude

Other Professional Activities

  • Member, ​The Florida Bar (since 1998)
  • National College of American Indians (Ojibwe)