Teaching interests: Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, Corporations, Mergers & Acquisitions,
Quantitative Methods for Lawyers, and Securities Regulation.
Education: Harvard College, B.A. Physics 1983 (magna cum laude); The University of Chicago Law School, J.D. 1986 (with highest honors). Order of the Coif. Member, University of Chicago Law Review (1984-1986) Comment Editor, University of Chicago Law Review (1985-86);
Experience: Dean, Roderick & Carol Wendt Chair in Business Law & Director, Program in Law & Business (Isaac Van Winkle Melton Professor, 2002-2003; Wendt Chair since 2003-2013; Associate
Dean 2006-2011; Dean 2011-2013) Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon; Visiting Professor (Chair of the Americas) (Nov. 2009) University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris, France; Professor of Law & Director, Center for Corporate Law (1997-2002) University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio; Visiting Professor of Law (fall 2001) University of Connecticut School of Law
Olin Foundation Fellow in Law and Economics, 1984-86
Hartford, Connecticut; Visiting Professor of Law (fall 1999) Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia; Associate Professor of Law (1994-1997; with tenure: 1996-97)
George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia; Assistant Professor of Law (1990-1994) George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia; Associate (1988-1990) Christy & Viener, New York, New York; Associate (1987-1988) Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York, New York; Associate Counsel (1987) United States Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the
Nicaraguan Opposition Washington, D.C.; Law Clerk (1986-1987) The Honorable Walter R. Mansfield, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
and Division of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels.
Admitted: New York State Bar
Achievements: Peter Letsou joined the Memphis faculty upon his appointment as Dean in June 2013.
Prior to coming to Memphis, Dean Letsou served as Dean and Wendt Chair in Business
Law at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon; Professor of Law and
Director of the Center for Corporate Law at the University of Cincinnati College of
Law; and Associate and Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University in Arlington,
Virginia. In addition to his permanent appointments, Dean Letsou has held visiting
professorships at University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (where he served as Chair
of the Americas), the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Emory University
School of Law. Before entering the academy in 1990, Dean Letsou practiced law in
New York City with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Christy & Viener, served as Associate
Counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance
to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition, and clerked for the Honorable Walter R. Mansfield
of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Dean Letsou received
his J.D. with highest honors from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A.
in physics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. Dean Letsou teaches and writes in the areas of corporate
law, securities law, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He is the author
of two casebooks and numerous articles and essays.
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