Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Law

Friday, February 26, 2021

Matthew Hansen, MPA, JD

The La Follette School has a been a great academic complement to the law program and has provided me with insights in cost-benefit analysis, policymaking, public budgeting, and economics that my fellow law students don’t currently have. I feel that on top of painting a clearer picture of how well-run governments function, the La Follette School makes me highly marketable and grants me invaluable skills.

In the La Follette School, I found a program committed in word and deed to supporting students who want to make a career of public service. That made all the difference for me.

Following 15 years as associate director of the Center for Patient Partnerships (CPP), Sarah Davis (MPA/JD ’02) was recently promoted to co-director. An interdisciplinary center based at UW–Madison, CPP works to ensure that patients influence healthcare reform so the system is responsive to their concerns.

The Nature Conservancy selected La Follette School student Emily H. Capodarco for its Wisconsin Board of Trustees. Capodarco is serving in an advisory (non-voting) capacity as part of the organization’s student trustee program, which aims to develop the next generation of nonprofit board members and leaders.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Eric Tempelis joins Thompson Center

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership has named Eric Tempelis (MPA ’03, JD ’06) as its new assistant director. He previously worked in local, state and federal government, most recently as a prosecutor.

La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee will present her research on government policy making as part of UW–Madison’s Institute for Legal Studies’ Compliance Initiative Speaker Series at noon Friday, April 12.

Molly Askin (MIPA ’03) returned to campus December 7 for the American Antitrust Institute’s Food & Agriculture Competition Roundtable at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She participated on the panel discussion Food Supply Chains: Integration, Globalization, and What it Means for Competition and Stability.

Jason Gerlach (MA, JD ’96) credits much of his success to the quantitative skills he learned at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. 

The National Interest published an article by La Follette School alumnus Christopher Russell (MIPA/JD ’16) about Ukraine’s long struggle against corruption and the Revolution of Dignity movement.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson answered wide-ranging questions from faculty and students at UW–Madison’s Law School and La Follette School of Public Affairs on Friday, April 20. The Law School’s Compliance Initiative and the La Follette School hosted the 90-minute discussion.

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