Albany Law School recently announced the addition of Raymond Brescia, Keith Hirokawa, Elizabeth Renuart and Gerald Rock '97 to the school's faculty effective July 1, 2009.
Professor Raymond Brescia, assistant professor of law, was most recently a visiting assistant professor of law at Albany Law School, producing publications that address the sub-prime mortgage crises and legal housing issues. Before coming to Albany Law, he was the associate director of the Urban Justice Center in New York City, where he coordinated legal representation for community-based institutions in areas such as housing, economic justice, workers' rights, civil rights and environmental justice. Professor Brescia, a Yale Law School graduate, also served as an adjunct professor at New York Law School from 1997 through 2006.
Professor Keith Hirokawa, assistant professor of law, was an associate professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, where he focused on environmental and natural resources law, land use, property law and jurisprudence. During private practice in Oregon and Washington, Professor Hirokawa was involved with community groups and nonprofit organizations, serving in a variety of capacities as counsel, advisor and board member. He continues his involvement with the American Bar Association's State and Local Government Law Section as member of the Section's Council and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Urban Lawyer. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Wesleyan, Professor Hirokawa taught land use law as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. He earned his law degree and Master's from the University of Connecticut, as well as his L.L.M. from Lewis and Clark Law School.
Professor Elizabeth Renuart, assistant professor of law, was most recently an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) in its Boston office, focusing on predatory lending, Truth in Lending, consumer credit issues and sustainable homeownership issues. She co-authored two of NCLC's treatises, Truth in Lending and The Cost of Credit: Regulation and Legal Challenges. She is also the author of the recently published Stop Predatory Lending: A Guide for Legal Advocates. Prior to joining the NCLC in 1996, she was the managing attorney of a legal services program in Baltimore that provided representation to homeowners in danger of losing their homes. She earned her J.D. at Columbus School of Law.
Professor Gerald Rock, assistant lawyering professor, joins Albany Law School after serving as an assistant attorney general in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Department of Law, representing the state in civil actions and proceedings in state and federal court. Before that he was a litigation assistant at the law firm DeGraff, Foy, Kunz & Devine, with an emphasis in employment discrimination, and he was also was a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Homer. He earned his law degree from Albany Law School in 1997.