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Tom Dawson


Tom Dawson has spent most of his career practicing environmental law, first as Wisconsin Public Intervenor (1976- 1995), then Wisconsin Strategic Pesticide Information Project Director (2000-2003); and DOJ Environmental Protection Unit Director (2003-2016).

He practiced in state and federal policy and judicial forums advocating for the adoption of statutes, rules, and court decisions to protect the natural resources of the state. He was a founding volunteer member of MEA, served on the Wisconsin Wetlands Association Board, and on the Dane County Parks Commission.

Tom currently teaches environmental law as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin law school. 

Tom enjoys biking, fishing, taking his dog to dog parks, keeping up on current and political events, volunteering to support candidates for public office, exercising, and working around the house on various projects assigned by his wife.