​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.

Forthcoming Publications

An Ecosystem Services Approach to Cultural Resource Protection, __ Environmental Law __ (forthcoming) (with Linnea Riegel)

"Local Planning to Preserve Wetlands Assets: Community, Baselines, and Ecosystem Services" in BEYOND RAPANOS: The NEXT GENERATION OF WETLAND REGULATION, Kimberly Connolly, ed. (forthcoming)» Link to Publication


American Bar Association Webinar, Dec. 19, 2012
Greening Local Government
Moderating a national webinar on the book “Greening Local Government,” co-edited by Prof. Hirokawa

Pace Law School, March 28, 2012
Faculty Exchange Colloquium
“Information and Ecosystem Services”

University of Oregon School of Law, March 3, 2012
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Panel on Rhetoric, Narrative, and Environmental Advocacy
“Constructions of Nature: Property and Ecosystem Services”

Albany Law School, February 28, 2012
Albany Scholarship Development Workshop
“Idea and Ideology in Environmental Law”

Albany Law School, February 4, 2012
2nd Annual Northeast Scholarship and Teaching Development Workshop
"Rhetoric and Resiliancy in Law's Idea of Nature"

Florida Coastal School of Law, November 3, 2011
13th Annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit: Economics, Ethics, & the Environment
"Economics and Ecology for Local Governments"

Albany Law School, October 12, 2011
Faculty Teaching Colloquium, New Teaching Ideas and Resources
"Engaged Learning between Community and Classroom"

Lewis & Clark School of Law, October 7, 2011
Fall Symposium 2011: 21st Century Water Law
"Driving Local Governments to Ecosystem Governance"

Gonzaga University Law School, October 6, 2011
Faculty Colloquium
"Local Governments and Ecosystem Governance"

Pace Law School, May 5, 2011
Practically Grounded: Best Practices for Skill Building in Teaching Land Use, Environmental, and Sustainable Development Law
"Teaching from the Dirt"

American Association of Law Schools, January 7, 2011
Annual Meeting, Natural Resources Law Section, "New Voices on Cutting Edge Issues in Natural Resources and Environmental Law," Selected Paper.
"Three Stories about Nature: Property, the Environment, and Ecosystem Services"

Albany Law School, October 14, 2010
Albany Law Review Symposium, Big Oil, Big Consequences, and the Big Unknown: Exploring the Legal, Regulatory, and Environmental Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill
Moderator, "Disaster Response:  Assessing the Adequacy of Environmental Laws, Regulations, and Litigation"

Albany Law School, September 28, 2010
Albany Scholarship Development Workshop
"Sustainability and Urban Forests: An Ecosystem Services Perspective"

American Association of Law Schools, June 12, 2010
Workshop on Property Law
"Rethinking Resources: Defining New Categories of Property to Meet the Climate Challenge"

State and Local Government Law Section, ABA, April 30, 2010
Spring Meeting - Land Use Hot Topics
"Regulating the Vacancy of Property"

Albany Law School, February 10, 2010
Getting Published! A Hot Lunch Faculty Workshop
"Online, Short-Form Publishing in Law-Review Hosted Supplements"

Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), August 5, 2009
62nd Annual Meeting
"Teaching Land Use Law at the Crossroads:  Incorporating Green Building and Sustainability into the Curriculum"

The Center for American and International Law, December 12, 2008
Planning, Zoning and Property Rights
"Implementing the New Environmental Discourse: Sustainable Development Codes"

Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), July 29, 2008
61st Annual Meeting
"Property Pieces in Compensation Statutes: Law's Eulogy for Oregon's Measure 37"

University of Texas School of Law, March 6, 2008
Land Use Conference
"Navigating the Future Challenges to Green Building"

Texas Wesleyan School of Law, February 8, 2008
Texas Wesleyan Junior Faculty Workshop
"Moving into the Second Generation of Green Building Laws"

Texas Wesleyan School of Law, November 2, 2007
Texas Wesleyan Junior Faculty Workshop
"Property Pieces in Compensation Statutes"

Lewis & Clark College, November, 2006
"Local Environmental Law as Competition Between Science and Voice"

Oregon State Bar Ass'n, August, 2006
Real Estate and Land Use Section Annual Conference

"Kelo Update"University of Oregon, October, 2005
Measure 37 Roundtable
"The Practical Effects of the Macpherson Decision"

Lorman Education Services CLE, October, 2004
Zoning and Land Use in Oregon and Washington
"Washington's LUPA/Hearings Boards Process" and "Recent Land Use Case Law/Legislation"

Oregon State Bar Ass'n, August 2003
Real Estate and Land Use Section Annual Conference
"A Tale of Two Systems: An Attorney's Perspective" (Washington and Oregon land use)

Clark County Bar Association CLE, May, 2003
Land Use and Environmental Law Conference, Organizer/Lecturer
"Opposing a Land Use Application"

University of Washington, April, 2003
University of Washington Environmental Law Lecture Series
"The Grass is Always Greener (and the Water Bluer) on the Other Side of the Columbia: A Comparison of Oregon and Washington Water Laws," Joint lecture with Professor Janet Neuman, Lewis & Clark Law School

University of Oregon, March, 2003
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
"Social Construction of Nature and Environmental Protection"

Keith Hirokawa

Keith Hirokawa,

Distinguished Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

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