Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, December 5, 2016

Aaron Dumas (MPA, JD '15)

Aaron Dumas (MPA, JD '15)

Undergraduate degree

Bachlor of arts in government, Harvard University, 2003

Job title

Attorney at law


Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

How have your La Follette School courses and/or experiences contributed to meeting your career goals?

As a dual-degree student, law was my primary focus in school and is certainly primary in my career right now. However, La Follette helped set me apart from other young lawyers and provided a certain rigor in policy, writing, and analysis that gives me confidence and credibility in a lot of areas that I would not have otherwise had.

Previous professional experience

Legislative assistant to State Rep. Martin D. Schneider; administrative research assistant for the Collaborative Center for Health Equity at the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; project management and quality assurance at Epic.

Most challenging experience at the La Follette School

Surviving stats.

Most rewarding experience at the La Follette School 

Getting to learn from great professors in La Follette (Moynihan, Yackee, etc.) and in the great courses in other departments (Harvey Jacobs, etc.) that I got to take, as well as getting to intern at the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project.

Why would you recommend the La Follette School to a prospective student? 

It’s a great way to get an excellent, broad education in public policy.

Why an MPA/JD? 

Working as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin State Capitol and knowing several great La Follette alumni in my personal and professional life.

Why the La Follette School? 

I was already enrolled in law school at UW and the dual degree was a very attractive option, especially because of how respected the La Follette School was.