Our Staff

Executive Director

Julieanna Elegant

Julieanna joined the Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) in 2013. Before working at the SBLC, she worked for non-governmental organizations in Latin America, the Middle East and Central Asia as a project manager and teacher. Upon returning to Oregon, she managed programs for immigrants and refugees and at-risk youth in Portland.

She attended law school at the University of Washington School of Law and is a member of the Oregon State Bar. While in law school, Julieanna was involved in labor and employment law and subsequently worked with the U.S. Department of Labor as an investigator.

Julieanna holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a Bachelor’s from Whitman College.  She is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys volunteering with at-risk youth, trying to learn additional languages with mixed results, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

 


Susan Felstiner Clinical Professor of Law

Susan Felstiner

Before joining Lewis & Clark Law School, Susan practiced with Cable Huston in Portland, Oregon, for over fourteen years, representing businesses in transactional and litigation matters.  Susan counseled clients on entity selection and formation, entity dissolution and employment practices.  She also represented clients in the negotiation of contracts and resolution of employment, construction and real estate disputes. She speaks Spanish with fluency, and has a long history of representing the Latino business community.

Susan is a frequent speaker to business organizations in English and Spanish.

Susan is a founding member and former officer of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and a member of Oregon Women Lawyers and the Multnomah Bar Association. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. She is committed to mentoring and supporting law students entering the legal profession.

Susan is an alumna of Lewis & Clark Law School. 




Staff Attorney

Brian Dasso

Brian Dasso was born and raised in West Linn Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science and a focus on political science and business.  Brian obtained his law degree from the University of Washington in 2002, where he developed an interest in business and real estate law.  During law school, Brian also volunteered with a local nonprofit that was devoted to protecting and promoting clean water throughout Washington.

Prior to joining the Small Business Legal Clinic as a staff attorney in August 2016, Brian was an attorney with a law firm based in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  While there, his practice was focused primarily on business law, real estate law, and employment law.  Brian’s clients primarily included small business owners and homeowner’s associations.  He especially enjoyed working with small businesses and counseling them on issues from entity formation, to strategies for transitioning the business to the next generation.  Since joining the Small Business Legal Clinic, Brian has expanded his practice to work with nonprofit organizations and affordable housing developers. 

Brian’s other interests include hiking, skiing and traveling with his wife and two sons. Brian is a skilled woodworker and enjoys designing and remodeling his Northeast Portland that has been in his family for over 80 years.

 

 

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Shanna Knight

Shanna started out as an Army brat, living in multiple states (and countries), but fell in love with the Pacific Northwest when she moved out to Sitka, Alaska for her undergraduate degree. She earned her law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2013, with emphases in Native American law and environmental law, while also serving the Nez Perce Tribe as an intern and later as a legal researcher on wide-ranging issues, including governance, land use, and natural resources law.

Since then Shanna served several tribal governments while working at a firm in Washington, D.C., including advising tribes on economic development matters such as trademarks for tribal enterprises, contracts that protected tribal sovereign immunity, and land purchases. Her favorite work, though, was assisting with an agreement that protected cultural resources on private property while still allowing for safe economic development by the property owners. After returning to the Northwest, she worked at a nonprofit as a legal expert and volunteered with the SBLC to help clients with contracts and trademarks. Now at the SBLC full-time, Shanna looks forward to expanding her practice to serve more small businesses, including Indigenous entrepreneurs in rural Oregon.

 

 

Housley, Dan Adjunct Law Faculty Clinical Professor - Patent Program

Dan Housley

Dan is an IP Law Attorney for IBM, where he has drafted patents related to block chain, machine learning, cloud computing, hardware design, neural networking and encryption. He also provides patentability assessments for multiple international invention review boards. Previously Dan was a medical technologist for ARUP Laboratories, where he performed high-complexity testing. Dan attended Lewis & Clark Law School and is an alumnus of the SBLC.

Dan grew up as the youngest of nine children on a small farm in rural Utah, but has also lived abroad and speaks fluent Slovak and Czech. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, video games, and cooking with his husband.

 

 

Operations & Marketing Manager

Adam Geisler

After receiving his BA from Pacific Lutheran University in May of 2010, Adam worked as the Student Employment Coordinator at PLU for two years before returning to his home, Portland.

Adam spent a year as a classroom SPED assistant prior to being hired as the Administrative Coordinator at the SBLC in June of 2013. In June of 2016, Adam was promoted to Operations and Marketing Manager.

Adam provides administrative, technical and secretarial support to the Executive Director, Clinical Professors and staff attorneys at the SBLC & the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Adam also provides this support to legal interns, law clerks, and pro bono attorneys.

In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his family and friends, singing, hiking, playing basketball, and seeing live music. Go Ducks and Go Blazers!

 

 

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Ashley Hernandez

Ashley was born in Miami, Florida and has been living in Oregon for over 8 years. She is currently a student at Portland State University majoring in health services administration with a minor in general science and business. Before becoming part of the SBLC she worked at Portland State University’s office of Global Diversity & Inclusion as a student worker for 3 years. 

Through her previous experience at work and school, she learned more about social disparities and equity which made her interested in the work done by the SBLC. She aspires to learn more, advance her career through her position as an administrative assistant and practice her bilingual skills in a professional setting. Her family is originally from Venezuela, which allowed her to learn Spanish as her mother language.

Like many people in the Pacific Northwest, Ashley enjoys hiking and visiting the outdoors… as well as rooting for the Blazers!