Albany Law Professors Recognized for Teaching, Scholarship and Service

5/16/2014 | Facebook | Twitter | Email
Professor Donna Young

Each year at Commencement, the law school recognizes outstanding faculty with three award categories: service, scholarship and teaching. This year, Professor Donna Young, Professor Keith Hirokawa and Professor Mary Lynch received awards.

Professor Young received the Faculty Excellence in Service award, in large part for dedicating more than 20 years to the professional development and well-being of Albany Law students, often meeting students before the enroll at the school and continuing to serve as a mentor beyond their graduation. She serves as advisor for the Black Law Student Association, the Latin American Law Student Association, and the Worker’s Rights and Labor Law Pro Bono Project. She is active at recruitment forums and student events, and this past year she was the faculty advisor for the Gibbons Criminal Law moot court team.

Professor Keith Hirokawa

Professor Hirokawa, who was granted tenure the day prior to Commencement, received the 2014 Award for Excellence in Scholarship for his work on some of the most critical challenges facing the planet, from the health of water systems to the threats of climate change. He has authored dozens of articles on wide-ranging topics, and he has co-edited a book on sustainable local development. Professor Hirokawa also plies his scholarship in the field, bringing his students to the streams and other areas affected by the laws and regulations that they study.

Professor Mary Lynch

Professor Lynch was named the Albany Law School 2014 Distinguished Educator for Excellence in Teaching, emerging from a field of nominations that totaled nearly half of the full-time faculty. Professor Lynch, in particular, was recognized for her outstanding contribution to teaching in legal education nationally and even internationally. She is the director of the Center for Excellence in Law Teaching and the editor of the blog Best Practices for Legal Education. She also teaches her students the practice of law through her Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic and other classes.