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Senior Staff Attorney
Jodi Habush Sinykin attended the University of Michigan, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. Ms. Habush Sinykin went on to Harvard Law School, where she received her law degree in 1992.
Following a federal clerkship with District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras for the Northern District of Illinois and a decade working at the Chicago law firm of Pavalon & Gifford and, thereafter, as a partner at the Habush, Habush & Rottier law firm in Milwaukee, Jodi began her professional association with Midwest Environmental Advocates in 2003. Since then, Jodi has worked with MEA on a variety of public policy concerns of environmental concern, working closely with numerous state-wide environmental and conservation-based organizations on legislative initiatives and on federal enforcement actions arising in the Milwaukee area under the Clean Water Act, including successful claims against a slaughter house facility owned by Emmpak Foods/Cargill Inc. and a laundry facility operated by the Cintas Corporation.
Jodi served from 2005 to 2007 on the Groundwater Advisory Committee established under 2003 Wisconsin Act 310. In September 2006, she was appointed to the Legislative Council’s Special Committee on the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact, a study committee charged with the development of Compact legislation for the state of Wisconsin and, thereafter, participated in the Governor’s Working Group on the Compact. Jodi continues to collaborate with both state and regional partners to ensure that the Great Lakes Compact is implemented in keeping with the sound management principles, conservation ideals, and best available science envisioned at the enactment of this historic environmental agreement.
Jodi’s expertise in Wisconsin groundwater law has brought her before the Wisconsin Legislature on numerous occasions, both to present before legislative working groups and to provide testimony before the Natural Resources Committees. She has testified as well before the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. Habush Sinykin has authored and filed amicus briefs before the Wisconsin Supreme Court pertaining to state groundwater regulation, including the Lake Beulah and Larson Acres appeals.
Jodi Habush Sinykin is a frequent speaker and panelist addressing water issues and is the author of a number of published law journals. She is the co-author of the policy report, Protecting Wisconsin’s Water, A Conservation Report and Toolkit, published by Michigan State Law Review. She is also the author of a prior publication analyzing the contributions made by Wisconsin’s former Office of the Public Intervenor, At a Loss: The State of Wisconsin After Eight Years Without the Public Intervenor’s Office, published by Marquette Law Review, and the co-author of Realizing the Promise of the Great Lakes Compact: A Policy Guide for State Implementation, published by University of Vermont Law Review.
Jodi enjoys spending time her husband, four children and two dogs.