Robert H. Jackson Center Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of Korematsu v. U.S.

In coordination with the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Phillips Lytle LLP presented a two-day event at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York.  On May 13, 2019, the film “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” was screened after a reception, and on May 14, 2019, Karen Korematsu (Fred’s daughter) introduced the powerful reenactment of “Korematsu v. U.S.: Justice Denied,” which was led by the Hon. Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Kathy Hirata Chin, partner at Crowell & Moring LLP.  Thomas Luftus, a retired lawyer and Justice Jackson’s grandson, played the role of Justice Jackson. Prof. John Q. Barrett of St. John’s University, a Jackson biographer, closed out the program by speaking about the legal issues and historical events that led up to, and followed, the Korematsu v. U.S. decision.

To learn more about AABANY’s Trial Reenactments Project visit the website at reenactments.aabany.org.

Thanks to Anna Mercado Clark, Phillips Lytle Partner and AABANY member, for the photos and summary.

The Litigation Committee met on September 28, 2012 and was privileged to have the Honorable George A. Yanthis speak at the meeting.  Anna Mercado and the staff of Phillips Lytle LLP did a wonderful job hosting. 

The meeting was well attended thanks to Judge Yanthis, who discussed preferred practices, notable cases and his path to the Judiciary.  Judge Yanthis also shared the importance of diversity and public advocacy, as exemplified by his own experience.  Attendees had the opportunity to ask practical questions on how to better advocate for their clients.  Afterwards, attendees remained to continue networking with each other. 

Thanks to Francis Chin for the photos.