The Northern District (CA) Historical Society will be having a special program:
KOREMATSU v. UNITED STATES: THE WORLD WAR II INCARCERATION OF JAPANESE AMERICANS AND ONE MAN’S QUEST FOR JUSTICE
Monday, September 21, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (PDT)
Location: Ceremonial Courtroom Federal Building, 19th Floor 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA
After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, rumors spread of a plot by Japanese Americans to sabotage the war effort. In early 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing all persons of Japanese ancestry—regardless of loyalty or citizenship—to evacuate the West Coast. In one of the most flagrant violations of civil liberties in American history, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were banished to “internment camps” in seven states. Before departure, many were forced to abandon their property or sell it at a severe loss.
In December 1944, the Supreme Court, in Fred Korematsu v. United States, upheld the legality of the relocation order, although Korematsu’s conviction for evading internment was voided in 1983 on a coram nobis petition heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Some of the major players from the 1983 case form the panel for this program: the professor who uncovered government documents that led to the reopening of Mr. Korematsu’s case; the lead counsel for Mr. Korematsu; the judge who heard and ruled on the writ of coram nobis; and Mr. Korematsu’s daughter, who co‑founded a civil rights institute in her father’s memory.
Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information, contact the Historical Society Administrator HistoricalSociety@cand.uscourts.gov or (415) 522-4246.
To RSVP and for ticket purchase, click here. (Eventbrite registration.)
• Free to the general public
• $15 for Historical Society members seeking MCLE credit
• $40 for non-members seeking MCLE credit