Special Advisor, Business Law Programs
Lisa LeSage was Associate Dean of Business Law Programs until December, 2011, when she joined the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) as a senior legal education advisor. She is based in Istanbul, Turkey, working on legal education, international rule of law, and human rights projects in the ABA-ROLI Middle East North Africa Division, where she frequently travels throughout Western Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
While at the law school, she co-founded the Small Business Legal Clinic and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to joining Lewis & Clark, she was a partner in a private law firm for several years, representing clients in complex multi-party and class actions in state and federal courts, focusing primarily on labor and employment issues. She has tried several high-profile cases including civil racketeering and a peonage case under the 13th Amendment, and has worked extensively on legislative and policy issues related to labor and employment. Before entering private practice, she was a staff attorney with Oregon Legal Services Farm Worker Office.
Part of her past public service includes an appointment to the State of Oregon Wage and Hour Commission and the Oregon Labor Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Agricultural Labor where she co-authored a white paper on migrant health. She also has served as the past president of the Oregon Law Foundation, the Oregon State Bar’s Leadership Advisory Council Board, the Campaign for Equal Justice Advisory Committee, and the statewide Legal Services Governing Council. She has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics, and in addition to her past service on numerous boards has been a vice-president of the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, is a 2007 recipient of the Oregon State Bar Public Service Award, a 2002 recipient of the Oregon State Bar President’s Affirmative Action Award, a co-founder of the OSB Diversity Section, and chair of the 2002 Oregon Access to Justice Conference. She is admitted to practice in Oregon, the U.S. District Court for Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
- B.A. magna cum laude (Pamplin Foundation Scholarship), 1980 University of Portland
- J.D. (Jackson Foundation Scholarship) 1985 Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
- L.L.M., (International Human Rights Law) expected 2015 University of London
Works Published As Part of a Collection
- “International Law of Discovery, Indigenous Peoples, and Chile,” with Robert Miller and Sebastián López Escarcena, University of Nebraska Law Review, issue 89:4, Summer, 2011, and in Spanish in Universidad Católica de Valparaiso Law Review, July 2011
- Sustainable Businesses’ Sticky Thicket: Local Enforcement Challenges for Small and Emerging Sustainable Businesses, Third Annual Conference on Entrepreneurship and Community Economic Development: “Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy,” Western New England College of Law Law Review, October 2008 (forthcoming)
- Trial of Meriwether Lewis, U.S. Federal Courthouse, Portland, Oregon, Full trial as part of a series of bicentennial Lewis & Clark presentations (co-authored) (2005)
- Taking Charge of Our Development, Oregon Women Lawyers (2004)
- The New Millenials, Oregon State Bar Bulletin (2004)
- Standing on Broad Shoulders: Women Who Redefine the Margins, Lewis & Clark Law School Advocate (2003)
- Farmworkers’ Legal Rights (in Spanish), Oregon State Bar Tel-Law Program (co-authored)