Long-time veteran of Capitol Hill returns to UO to train the next generation

Sep 15, 2016

Greg Dotson (J.D., ’95), vice president for energy policy at the Center for American Progress, is joining the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Law.  Dotson will remain connected to American Progress, continuing on as a senior fellow.

A twenty-year veteran of energy policy-making in Washington, D.C., Dotson’s work focuses on finding solutions to the nation’s energy and environmental challenges.

“Greg’s experience will be a tremendous asset to our students, and his voice will be a welcome and timely addition to the legal academy,” said Michael Moffitt, dean of Oregon Law. 

Mary Wood, faculty director of Oregon Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center said of Dotson, "Greg is one of the most visionary thinkers on energy policy in the nation. He brings us extraordinary insight and experience not just on environmental and natural resources law, but in how to actually get things done in a challenging political climate.”

Dotson served as Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s lead energy policy staffer from 1996 until Waxman’s retirement from Congress in 2014. Waxman, who served in leadership roles on the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, said of Dotson, “Greg has devoted his career to protecting the environment.”

Waxman continued, “Greg played a key role in virtually every major energy and environment legislation enacted by Congress during his 18 years in the House. He has gone on to be a thought leader at the Center for American Progress.”

During his time on the Hill, Dotson was the lead staffer on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (the Waxman-Markey Bill), a comprehensive climate change and energy bill that passed the House of Representative in June 2009. He also worked on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 and the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 among other laws.  Dotson was also engaged in congressional oversight and investigations, including inquiries into the politicization of climate science, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, hydraulic fracturing, and the energy market abuses of Enron.

At American Progress, Dotson has produced a number of white papers, authored opinion editorials, hosted panel discussions of experts and government officials, and testified on energy and environmental policy before the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

President and CEO of American Progress Neera Tanden said of Dotson, “Under Greg’s leadership, American Progress’ energy team has solidified itself as one of the foremost innovators in energy policy and a force for progressive ideas in Washington. I am confident that Greg’s influence in shaping the next crop of environmental lawyers will make him an indispensable addition to the University of Oregon.”

“I’m excited to be joining the Oregon Law faculty,” said Dotson. “The environmental law program at Oregon Law is one of the best in the nation, and I’m honored to become part of the team that’s educating a new generation of environmental lawyers."

Dotson graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1995 with a concentration in environmental and natural resources law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech.