B.A., Ursinus College
M.A., University of Connecticut
J.D., University of Connecticut
L.L.M., Lewis and Clark Law School
Professor Hirokawa joined the faculty at Albany Law School in 2009. He teaches courses involving environmental and natural resources law, land use planning, property law, and jurisprudence. Professor Hirokawa's scholarship has explored convergences in ecology, ethics, economics, and law, with particular attention given to local environmental law, ecosystem services policy, watershed management, and environmental impact analysis. He has authored dozens of professional and scholarly articles in these areas and has co-edited (with Patricia Salkin) Greening Local Government (forthcoming 2012, ABA). Prior to joining the faculty at Albany Law, Professor Hirokawa was an Associate Professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. Professor Hirokawa practiced land use and environmental law in Oregon and Washington and was heavily involved with community groups and nonprofit organizations. Professor Hirokawa studied philosophy and law at the University of Connecticut, where he earned his JD and MA degrees. He earned his LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Professor Keith Hirokawa presented The Essential Environmental Law Curriculum for the Next Generation as part of the A Roundtable Series for Environmental Law Faculty on the Future of Legal Education virtually at Vermont Law School on January 28, 2021.
Professor Keith Hirokawa attended and participated in Re-Imagining Environmental Law: Implementation and 2020 Planning at Airlie House in Warrenton, Va., November 18-19, 2019.
Professor Keith Hirokawa will present "Watershed Governance as an Ecosystem Services Opportunity" as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho, on October 22, 2018.
Professor Keith Hirokawa presented "Watershed Governance as an Ecosystem Services Opportunity" as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho, on October 22, 2018.
Professor Keith Hirokawa co-organized the Land Use and Sustainability Symposium at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, where he presented on "Sense of Place and the 'Insider' Approach to Environmental Law," on May 4, 2018.
Professor Keith Hirokawa presented “Insider Environmental Law” at Vermont Law School as part of its Distinguished Summer Scholars in residency program on July 20, 2017.
Professor Keith Hirokawa delivered the Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law on April 5, 2017. His lecture was entitled "Communities and Ecosystems."
Professor Keith Hirokawa gave a lecture entitled “Loving Ecosystems Locally” at The Changing Climate: Reflections on Current Law, Policy, Justice, and Regulation conference at the University at Buffalo School of Law on March 11, 2017.
Professor Keith Hirokawa was a panelist at the NYLCV Education Fund policy forum "Green Infrastructure in the Capital Region" at Albany Law School on February 1, 2017.
Professor Keith Hirokawa accepted an invitation to deliver the Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy at the University of Louisville in Spring 2016.