Professor Peter V. Letsou appointed to the Roderick and Carol Wendt Chair in Business Law

Professor Peter V. Letsou has been appointed to the Roderick and Carol Wendt Chair in Business Law. This Chair has been established through a generous $2.5 million gift from Mr. Roderick C. Wendt, a 1980 graduate of the College of Law, and his wife Carol Wendt, of Klamath Falls, Ore.

Letsou joined the Willamette law faculty in 2002 as the Director of the Law and Business Program. A nationally recognized scholar in corporate law, Letsou has authored an established casebook on Business Associations (now in its fourth edition), written several law review articles and has a book on Corporate Merges and Acquisitions forthcoming.

After graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Physics from Harvard College in 1983, Letsou attended the University of Chicago Law School where he graduated in 1986 with highest honors and the Order of the Coif. He was an Olin Foundation Fellow in Law & Economics and an Editor of the Law Review.

After a one-year clerkship for Judge Walter R. Mansfield, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Letsou served as Associate Counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition. He then practiced law with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and later with Christy & Viener.

Letsou began his teaching career in 1990 at George Mason University College of Law where he received tenure. He then moved to the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he was Professor of Law & Director of the Center for Corporate Law. He also taught at Emory and at the University of Connecticut School of Law.