Thanks for the outline offer, L52!
Bass, what did you like about Fried, Mann and Manning?
I didn't have Manning. He is just well-known to be a rising superstar. He's one of Dean Kagan's fantastic recent lateral hires, and he is a conservative. HLS had a reputation for a while of avoiding conservative scholars, and it may have hurt the school a bit. He also seems (in very limited interaction) to be a good guy.
Fried has had some incredible experiences. He was SG (among other things, being in charge of representing the United States in front of the Supreme Court) and a Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He also wrote one of the best-known books in Contract law (Contract as Promise), though plenty of people criticize it for various reasons. He now regularly represents insurance companies in the ugly side of appellate cases (e.g., trying to argue that Katrina victims should not recover because their houses were destroyed by flood not winds or whatever; trying to argue that the WTC owners should have limited recovery because the two planes constituted one "event," etc.). This can turn your stomach, but it doesn't get much more high profile. As a result, Fried has incredible stories.
Fried is also big on theory, which I like. He is surprisingly pro-law and econ, which you would never have guessed from reading his classic works. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Mann will teach you property. It will be a classic HLS Socratic experience, but generally not a scary one (unless, maybe, you have him 1st semester). He is a really nice guy who has nice stories to tell himself that are directly relevant to the material (e.g., cutting off half of his balcony to meet zoning set-back requirements). You finish the semester feeling like you've really learned the law. He also assigns less reading than many other professors, though he will expect you to know the cases very well, particularly early on.
I think the majority of my section liked Mann the best (maybe Meltzer). I personally liked Sarge the best, probably, but they were all great. Fried didn't connect with many of my sectionmates (as I said, I very much enjoyed him personally), for varied reasons that I won't mention here.