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Executive Director

Julieanna Elegant

Before joining the Small Business Legal Clinic, Julieanna 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 often unsucessfully to learn more languages, traveling and spending time with friends and family.


Susan FelstinerClinical Law Professor

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. Fluent in Spanish, Susan specialized in representing the Latino business community.

Prior to joining Cable Huston, Susan worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Marion County, Oregon, and served on the Oregon District Attorney Association Legislative Committee.

Susan is a founding member, past President and current Treasurer of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and Oregon Women Lawyers. She is committed to mentoring and supporting law students entering the legal profession.

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

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.


Clinical Professor - Patent Program

Joe Makuch

Joe has 22 years of patent experience and currently focuses on helping startup companies build strategic IP portfolios in the electrical, computer, and material sciences. He was previously managing partner at Marger Johnson & McCollom where he gained extensive experience litigating patents, trademarks and copyrights. Joe is a NASA-trained engineer with seven years of research and development experience. His clients have included industry-leading companies in wireless technologies, memory systems, software, displays, and energy management. He is registered at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to the U.S. District Court in Oregon and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

He graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University.


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 was 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 attorney 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, hiking, playing basketball, and going to concerts. Go Ducks and Go Blazers!