James Shephard

Jim Shephard

Courtesy Professor of Law

jshephar@uoregon.edu | 541-972-9795 | 114 McArthur Court

Fall 2017 Office Hours: TBD

ACADEMIC AREAS: Medieval History, Law, Legal History, Leadership and Problem Solving

Teaching Philosophy

I seek to challenge students and provide them with a hands-on, collaborative, problem-solving experience that will help them to become problem solvers and leaders in their chosen fields and professions.  The world today is fast-changing, global, diverse and subject to disruption.  To succeed, students need to become life-long learners, and I focus on helping them to develop the key skills that they will need to succeed and thrive in the changing world of the future.

Past Courses

HC 431H: Mariners, Ships, Wine and Law in the Middle Ages: The Rôles d’Oléron, a Case Study in Problem Solving and Private Law

Academic Background

JD, Tulane University Law School, 1986
DEA, University of Poitiers, 1985
Mâitrise, University of Poitiers, 1983
BA, University of Oregon - Clark Honors College, 1980

Jim Shephard’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of history and law, and in the development of problem-solving and leadership skills. He has participated in an international symposium on the Lex Mercatoria, a body of medieval commercial law, with scholars from around the world and contributed an article on maritime law in the Middle Ages.

Professionally, Jim practiced international private law for a number of years in New York and Paris, and is a member of the New York bar and was admitted as a French Avocat à la cour.  He later became CEO of an international French bank, and then CEO of a UK regulated asset management company engaged in business around the world. Jim is a committed globalist. Today, he is an angel investor and mentor to several start-up companies in Europe and the US, and is engaged in volunteer and philanthropic activities, including as a member of the Clark Honors College Advisory Council and as Chair of the University of Oregon Foundation.

Research Interests & Current Projects

I am currently working on a book on the history of maritime law and commerce in the Middle Ages that will focus on the Roles d’Oleron. In addition, I am interested in how problems are solved and how we can become more effective leaders, with a particular focus on understanding what skill sets will be needed going forward to enable success in a global world where technology and big data are increasingly disrupting communities, industries and societies.