Dennis D. Hirsch teaches environmental law, information privacy law, property law and appellate litigation, and directs the Concentration Program in Environmental Law. He formerly served as Capital’s first Associate Dean for Faculty Development and as a visiting professor at Notre Dame and Drake University Law Schools. Professor Hirsch’s articles have appeared in the Illinois Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Indiana Law Review and numerous other journals. He is also the author of a prize-winning textbook on environmental law practice. He has written extensively on innovative approaches to environmental regulation, their relationship to the law, and their potential for enhancing environmental protection. His current work in this area focuses on greenhouse gas emissions trading. Professor Hirsch also conducts research on privacy regulation. His scholarship argues that privacy injuries are to the information economy what environmental damage has been to smokestack industry – a negative side-effect of business activity. His work explores whether environmental law can serve as a constructive model for privacy regulation. Professor Hirsch was recently awarded a Fulbright Senior Professorship to teach and conduct research on information privacy law in the Netherlands during the spring 2010 semester. Professor Hirsch received his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and then served as an associate at Sidley & Austin. He is currently Counsel to the Firm at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur where his practice focuses on environmental law, climate change and appellate litigation. Professor Hirsch is admitted to the bars of Ohio, New York and the District of Columbia.
Professor Hirsch holds a dual appointment as a professor of law both at Capital and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He also serves as the director of the Data, Law, Ethics and Policy (DLEAP) program at Moritz.
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