Professor Leonetti is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence and the Faculty Leader of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the University of Oregon School of Law in Portland. Prior to joining the academy, she was an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of California, an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division of the Office of the Maryland Public Defender, and a member of the ABA Criminal-Justice Standards DNA Task Force.
She teaches classes in advanced constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure, mental health, and forensic science. She is also the faculty supervisor for Criminal Practice Externships. Her scholarship focuses primarily on privacy and search and seizure, prosecutorial charging, the effectiveness of defense counsel, and comparative criminal procedure and international rule-of-law reform. Her scholarly work includes “Does a Rose by Any Other Name Really Smell as Sweet?: The Nature of the Exclusionary Rule: A Comparative Case Study,” 54 University of Louisville Law Review 209 (2016).