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January 13, 2014

Oregon Law announces new Portland initiative

Professors Mohsen Manesh and Carrie Leonetti to lead efforts

The University of Oregon School of Law is launching a new initiative to dramatically expand its presence in Portland.

As part of this project, Oregon Law is building an academic program that offers interested law students the opportunity to complete their full third-year of law school in Oregon's largest city, home to the highest concentration of Duck alumni and legal practitioners. Sign on building

These efforts will build upon the law school's established Portland offerings and will be aimed at providing Oregon Law students with expanded academic, professional and extracurricular opportunities that are readily available in Portland.

To lead the initiative, Eugene-based professors Mohsen Manesh and Carrie Leonetti are relocating to Portland on a full-time basis. Together, they will lead the charge to re-envision and increase the law school's engagement in the metro area.

Professors Manesh and Leonetti will join Will Glasson, the School of Law's associate director of external affairs, who already is based full-time in Portland. Glasson's work focuses on employer outreach; career-related counseling for students and alumni; and admissions, development and alumni affairs.

With a permanent student, faculty and administrative presence, Oregon Law will establish even stronger ties with Portland's legal and business communities and the many Oregon Law graduates who have established their careers in Portland.

"I'm thrilled to be embarking on this first phase of expanding and refining Oregon Law's Portland presence," said Oregon Law Dean Michael Moffitt. "The students will benefit greatly from exposure to the culture, climate and legal professionals located in this thriving metropolitan area."

Manesh says he is eager to be leading this endeavor for the law school and its students.

"Launching a full-year academic program in Portland represents a significant and strategic investment of our law school's resources—one that I am certain will pay meaningful institutional dividends both in the short and long term," said Manesh.

Oregon Law's Portland Program currently offers students courses to complement the law school’s significant Portland-area externship offerings. Additionally, the law school hosts numerous academic symposia and industry conferences focusing on topics ranging from green business to sports and entertainment law.

Manesh, whose teaching and research interests center on contract, corporate and LLC law, earned his law degree from Georgetown University, where he was named Order of the Coif. Prior to joining Oregon Law, Manesh was an associate attorney in the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he practiced corporate finance and business transactions. As a professor at Oregon Law, Manesh has received the Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award, the law school's highest teaching honor.

Professor Leonetti is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she demonstrated a commitment to public service as a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and as the executive technical editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. After graduation, Professor Leonetti served as an Assistant Public Defender in Maryland, an Assistant Federal Defender in Eastern California, and on the American Bar Association's Task Force on Biological Evidence. In 2011-12, she was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar at the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology, and Security Studies, where she researched criminal procedure reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Wayne Morse Suite (a LEED certified Platinum room), in the University of Oregon's White Stag Block in downtown Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, serves as the home of the University of Oregon School of Law Portland Program.

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