Monday, March 10, 2014

JABA Gala includes Kennard Tribute

Last Friday the Japanese American Bar Association held its 38th annual installation and awards gala in downtown LA. After taiko drummers, remarks from KTLA's Frank Buckley, a violin performance by Ryu Goto (who received an Inspiration Award), and a keynote address by Congressman Mark Takano, the event concluded with a special tribute to Justice Kennard. This included a video (probably the same video played at the 30th Gala in 2006, where Justice Kennard was presented with the JABA Lifetime Achievement Award) about her life and her own remarks, which included her reading of her recent letter to Governor Brown announcing her retirement from the Court after 25 years. Justice Kennard noted that because of her "mongrel background" (her words), she always felt like an outsider, yet was always welcomed by the Asian bar communities. Other appellate notables at the event included retired Justice Carlos Moreno, 2/5's PJ Paul Turner, and 2/1's Jeffrey Johnson.


[While we're on the subject of Japanese, sort of, don't miss this W.D.Tex. decision from last week, which references the "proverbial Kobayashi Maru."]

{And, now that we're on the topic of frustrating failures, the appellate courts' website has been down all day today: "The Appellate Court Case Information website is currently unavailable due to a database issue on Monday, March 10, 2014. We are working on restoring service as quickly as possible. Please try again later. Thank you for your patience."}