- Associate Professor of Law
- BA cum laude Williams College 1998
- JD University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) 2002
Maxine Burkett joined the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2009.
Professor Burkett teaches Climate Change Law and Policy, Torts, Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, and International Development. She has written extensively in the area of climate change law and policy from diverse perspectives with a particular focus on climate justice, exploring the disparate impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in the United States and globally. Professor Burkett has presented her research on the law and policy of climate change throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. In 2010, she served as the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics at the Wayne Morse Center, University of Oregon, for the Center’s “Climate Ethics and Climate Equity” theme of inquiry. She is the youngest scholar to have held the Wayne Morse Chair.
From 2009-2012, Professor Burkett also served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP). As the Director of ICAP, she led projects to address climate change law, policy, and planning for island communities in Hawai‘i, the Pacific region, and beyond.
Professor Burkett attended Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in private practice in Honolulu with Davis, Levin, Livingston and Paul, Johnson, Park & Niles, and served as a law clerk with The Honorable Susan Illston of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. Prior to her appointment at the University of Hawai‘i, Professor Burkett taught at the University of Colorado Law School.