Arlen Christenson

Professor Emeritus


J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School


Arlen C. Christenson, Emeritus Professor of Law and Environmental Studies, earned his J.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1960.

From 1960 to 1963, he was an attorney with Larson, Loevinger, Lindquist & Fraser in Minneapolis. In 1963, he joined the UW law faculty, where the courses he taught included Contracts, Local Government Law, Land Use Regulation, Environmental Law, and Administrative Law.

Christenson served as Deputy Attorney General of Wisconsin from 1966 to 1969 and as Assistant to the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin from 1969 to1971.

He was Associate Dean of the Law School from 1972 to 1974, and Co-director of the Center for Public Representation in 1974-75 and 1977.

Christenson took emeritus status in 1995, and has continued an active involvement in the field of environmental law. In 2008 he has been involved in non-profit environmental law and land use issues as Board President of Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) and Faculty Supervisor of the Law School's clinical program at MEA.

He is also former Board President of 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin.

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