Who Were the Most 
Recent Intervenors? 

  • Thomas Dawson was appointed in 1976 and served 19 years as a Public Intervenor.  He received his J.D. degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C., in 1975.  He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1971.  He practiced law in Washington D.C. for one year before leaving with a goal of public service law.  As Intervenor, Mr. Dawson litigated cases before administrative tribunals, trial courts, and appellate courts, including the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and a successful case before the United States Supreme Court.  He also taught environmental law courses at the Univeristy of Wisconsin School of Law and Environmental Toxicology Center, as well as courses sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension.  He gave numerous talks at nationwide conferences on the topics of groundwater, pesticides and wetlands.
  • Kathleen Falk was appointed as a Public Intervenor in 1983 and served 12 years in that capacity.  She had been co-director and counsel of Wisconsinís Environmental Decade for seven years.  She also served as a director of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.   She was a native of Big Bend, Wisconsin.  She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in California and her law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  As Intervenor, she specialized in land use issues for many years, including sewer, wetlands and farmland protection, mining, transportation and local government issues, as well as public access to navigable waters.
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