Karen Schapiro, B.A., J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Law


Karen M. Schapiro is an environmental lawyer with experience representing clients in both litigation and transactional matters.  Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Milwaukee Riverkeeper, an area non-profit dedicated to protection and improvement of water quality in the Milwaukee River Basin.  She has also served as Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates, Wisconsin's only non-profit environmental law center.  Earlier in her career she was a partner in the environmental practice group at DeWitt, Ross & Stevens s.c., one of Wisconsin's largest firms.  Ms. Schapiro began practicing environmental law at the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C., where she served as an air enforcement attorney between 1988 and 1993.  While at EPA she also worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, as well as for the U.S. Department of Justice, Land and Natural Resources Division.  She was a recipient of several awards from the EPA, including the Bronze Medal of Commendation and Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Legal Services.  Ms. Schapiro has been included among lists of Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, and was a 2005 recipient of Wisconsin's Leader in the Law Award, in recognition of her pro bono work to mitigate unlawful discharges of sanitary sewage into area rivers and Lake Michigan.  Ms. Schapiro serves on the Board of Directors of  State Bar of Wisconsin's Environmental Law Section.  She earned her B.A. from Oberlin College (religion) and J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.