The Fred T. Korematsu Institute is hosting a celebration honoring the 40th anniversary of the coram nobis cases on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco. Our Democracy: Then and Now, is an in-person dinner commemorating a momentous decision in civil rights history.
The dinner will welcome members of the 1983 coram nobis teams, as well as former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and MSNBC TV contributor, Neal Katyal, who will be the keynote speaker and recipient of the Fred Korematsu Social Justice Award. Local KTVU reporter and journalist Jana Katsuyama will host the celebration.
NAPABA is proud to be a Korematsu Champion Sponsor of the event and host of the VIP Reception.
Our Democracy: Then and Now The 40th Anniversary of the Coram Nobis Cases October 21, 2023
Join the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund for a night at the theater!
Hold These Truths
A one-man show inspired by the true story of Japanese American civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi. Agonizing over the forced removal of Japanese Americans to concentration camps during World War II, Gordon journeys toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs – and a confrontation with its failures. www.EpicTheatreEnsemble.org/HoldTheseTruths
Monday, October 22, 6:30 PM* Epic Theatre at the 14th Street Y 344 E. 14th Street, NYC
With a special Q&A after the performance with playwright Jeanne Sakata and former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal
Jeanne Sakata made her playwriting debut with her solo play, Hold These Truths (formerly Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi), which received its world premiere in November 2007 in Los Angeles. The play was also the inspiration and theatrical centerpiece for the 2009 civil rights symposium on the Hirabayashi case at the University of Tennessee, “Civil Liberties, National Security and the Legacies of the Japanese Removal and Incarcerations.”
Neal Katyal is a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. He previously served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States and as a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Katyal has argued several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), a constitutional challenge to the military tribunals at Guantanamo.
*Note early curtain time. The event will end in time for you to watch the presidential debate that evening!
Thursday March 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. McNally Amphitheater, Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, NYC
In May 2011 Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal issued a “confession of error” on behalf of his office, acknowledging that it had failed in its response to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Katyal stated that the Solicitor General’s office had defended the internment policies, and in doing so had concealed information that undermined a key rationale for internment: that many Japanese-Americans posed a security threat. Professor Katyal will speak about the importance of, and the process for, confessions of error by the Solicitor General, within the framework of the Hirabayashi case.
Free and Open to the Public. CLICK HERE to register.