Oregon Law’s Portland Program is led by faculty director Professor Mohsen Manesh, along with Professor Carrie Leonetti. In addition to Oregon Law’s core faculty, Portland courses will be taught by distinguished experts from practice, including prosecutors, defenders, judges and established law firm partners — all with notable experience and acclaimed local and national reputations.
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.
Leonetti, a Portland-area native, 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 editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. After graduation, Leonetti served as a federal public defender in Fresno, California, and served on the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Biological Evidence. After joining Oregon Law, she gained international experience, working with victims of South Africa’s apartheid regime at the University of Cape Town Legal Aid Clinic. She was the recipient of a 2011-12 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, focusing on eyewitness identification in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.