A Conversation with Congresswoman Grace Meng
Wednesday, May 20 from 5:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.
The Cadwalader Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group will host a webinar with U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng during their Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration. Congresswoman Meng, who represents the 6th Congressional District of New York, will discuss her career and lived experience as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Meng will also discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the Asian Pacific American community.
To register for this webinar, please click this link. The deadline to register is Monday, May 18.
Cadwalader is a law firm with offices worldwide. Their Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted a reenactment of Korematsu v. United States in 2018. Members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) recreated the trial under the leadership of Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Kathy Hirata Chin, senior counsel at Cadwalader.
AABANY used court documents and photographs to tell the story of Fred T. Korematsu, a Japanese American civil rights activist who, at the age of 23, refused to go to the U.S. government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans during WWII and took his case to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.
In 1983, with new evidence, a pro bono legal team reopened Korematsu’s 40-year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, a federal court in San Francisco overturned Korematsu’s conviction, a pivotal moment in civil rights history.
Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, President Bill Clinton presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. New York City recognizes Korematsu’s birthday, January 30, as the Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.
You can watch a video of the reenactment at Cadwalader’s website.
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