Rick Lewandowski, RIPON 1975, pledged the Epsilon Lambda chapter in Ripon, Wisconsin in January of his Freshman year, initiating on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1972. While an undergraduate, he served as Annotator, Recruitment Chairman and Consul and spent a year living with the Delta Omicron Chapter at the University of British Columbia - Simon Fraser. He won the Wisconsin Province Balfour award in 1975 and graduated cum laude with a double major in Politics & Government, and Economics.
Rick served as chapter advisor to the Epsilon Lambda chapter while attending the University of Wisconsin Law School and became a Life Loyal Sig. He was appointed by Grand Consul James Bash as Grand Praetor of the Wisconsin Province during his last semester of law school and served in that role from 1978 through 1989, serving as Dean of the College of Grand Praetors from 1981-1983. He has been active in Sigma Chi in the state of Wisconsin for more than 35 years as a member of the Milwaukee Alumni Chapter and has facilitated countless province workshops, leadership and educational retreats. Rick has devoted many years to facilitating educational and leadership curriculum to Sigma Chi’s undergraduates, including 4 ½ years as a member of the Leadership Training Board, as a facilitator for the Membership Development Program, Mission 365 and CHOICES, respectively, and has more than 30 years of experience as a Balfour LTW facilitator. Rick’s involvement on Fraternity committees is extensive, including 20 years as a member or Chairman of the Foundation Awards Committee, Vice President of the Order of Constantine (2003), President of the Order of Constantine (2004-2007), and as a member of the Nominating and Selection Committees of the Order of Constantine for many years. Rick resumed his service as Grand Praetor of the Wisconsin Province from 2009 through June 2013 while actively facilitating Mission 365 programs for more than 30 Sigma Chi undergraduate chapters. From 2011-2013, Rick became very engaged with the Fraternity’s accountability process when he served on 13 membership review panels, chairing 8 of them. He was elected as the Alumnus at-Large Representative to the Executive Committee at the 79th Grand Chapter in Washington, DC and now chairs the Alumni Services Committee and is a current member of CAMAC. In recognition of his distinguished volunteer service, Rick was made a member of the Order of Constantine in 1995, the highest honor a Fraternity member can receive for dedicated service.
Professionally, Rick is a partner in one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms. He handles environmental regulatory matters and litigation for businesses, and helps other clients “with unfortunate disagreements with their government.” He has appeared in state courts across the State of Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Environmental Law (2009-2013), and Litigation - Environmental (2012-2014). He was named by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a Leader in the Law in 2009 for his work in helping escaped Tibetan political prisoners gain political asylum in the United States. He received a Distinguished Alumni Citation from Ripon College in 2010. He was elected to the Ripon College Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2010 and was chosen to be President of the Board for a two year term starting in April 2013. He is grateful to his two sons and his daughter for their support of his Sigma Chi activities.