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MADISON - Thomas Dawson, an Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Environmental Protection Unit with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, recently was recognized by the UW Law School for his work as an adjunct professor. Dawson was presented with the Warren H. Stopler Award for recognition of his work and dedication as an adjunct professor at the UW Law School.
The award is given each year to an adjunct professor in recognition of the contribution that they make to students in support of their legal education. Dawson shared the award this year with Paul Kent, a private practice attorney at Anderson & Kent, S.C. that specializes in environmental law.
"Paul and I pride ourselves on giving instruction in the practical aspects of the practice' of environmental law as much as in its substantive principles," said Dawson.
Dawson and Kent are co-instructors for the UW Law School course. "Our government practice/private practice perspectives give the students a balanced approach to the practice of environmental law," said Dawson.
"Tom is a dedicated professional who is committed to his vocation and who cares deeply about the legal education of our state's future attorneys," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "He is deserving of this recognition."
Dawson has been an Assistant Attorney General since September, 1976 and Unit Director since August, 2003. As the Director of the Environmental Protection Unit, Dawson supervises nine attorneys. The Environmental Protection Unit enforces state environmental laws, including laws relating to air pollution, solid and hazardous waste, wastewater, hazardous substance spills, water supply, water regulation and zoning, underground storage tanks, superfund, water pollution, community right to know, Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act, public nuisance, natural resource protection, radioactive waste, land use and the public trust in navigable waters.
Dawson received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 1975.