Credentials: J.D., New York University School of Law, B.A., Yale University
Position title: SDRI Senior Staff Attorney
Dustin Brown is a Senior Staff Attorney with the State Democracy Research Initiative at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Dustin joined the Initiative following four years on the law school’s Legal Research and Writing faculty and nearly a decade in private practice, most recently with Godfrey & Kahn in Madison. He has litigated in state and federal courts on matters ranging from electoral redistricting, public records access, and defamation to insurance coverage, products liability, and deceptive trade practices.
Dustin clerked for the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, and the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. He began his legal career at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco.
Dustin earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and his law degree from New York University School of Law, both magna cum laude. As a law student, he was a member of NYU Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, and he interned with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Make the Road New York. He also served as an executive editor of the NYU Law Review.
Before practicing law, Dustin worked as a reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers in Queens, New York, and he taught English in Quito, Ecuador.