Tuesday, July 21, 2009

OC Law School Deans to Re-Argue Korematsu

The Fourth District, Division Two in Riverside will hear a re-enactment of the oral argument in Korematsu, which affirmed the internment of American citizens during WWII. Erwin Chemerinsky and John Eastman will argue the case.

After the argument, Deans Chemerinsky and Eastman will discuss the case and the War Powers Act. Then special guests Karen Korematsu-Haigh, daughter of plaintiff Fred Korematsu, and retired Judge Ben T. Kayashima, of the Superior Court of San Bernardino County, will each share thoughts and memories. Judge Kayashima was interned at Camp Two, Poston, Arizona (near Parker), in 1942.

A reception and open house will follow, during which tours will be available for visitors to view art celebrating the patriotism and courage of the Manzanar detainees.

The program will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2009, at the Court of Appeal, 3389 Twelfth Street, Riverside. Events are open to the public, bench, and bar. Participating lawyers will receive MCLE credit. For more information or to make a reservation for this event, please contact Paula Garcia, Assistant Clerk/Administrator, at 951-248-0212. (Hat tip to Bob Wolfe)