July 14, 2020

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Eastern Time

ACS Columbus: ALTERNATIVE FACTS Panel Discussion and Screening

Virtual Event

Please join the ACS Columbus Lawyer Chapter and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio for a panel discussion and screening of ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS tells the story of false information and political influence that led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and the Supreme Court case of Korematsu, the case of Korematsu, a horrifically-decided case that upheld the constitutionality of the internment of Japanese-Americans. It also examines the parallels to the targeting of minority groups today and similar attempts to abuse the powers of government.

Our distinguished panelists will share reflections on the documentary and connect the lessons of Korematsu to the present. Judge Chen was appointed by President Obama to the federal bench in May 2011 after an illustrious career, including work as a staff attorney at the ACLU, where he specialized in language discrimination cases. Among many other impactful accomplishments, Don Tamaki served on the legal team that reopened the 1944 Korematsu case, overturning Fred Korematsu’s criminal conviction for defying the removal of Japanese Americans. Finally, Dahlia Lithwick speaks frequently on criminal justice reform, reproductive freedom, and religion in the courts, and her columns and podcast untangle the most complex legal issues of our time.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS will be made available for viewing from Tuesday, July 7 through Tuesday, July 21. Please note that the panel on July 14th will not include a screening of the film.

Introductory Remarks:

Anna Sanyal, Member, ACS Columbus Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors and Immediate Past President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio 


The Honorable Edward M. Chen, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Donald K. Tamaki, Managing Partner, Minami Tamaki

Moderated by:

Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent, Slate: Host, Amicus Podcast; Recipient, 2018 ACS Progressive Champion Award

Attendees will receive a streaming link to view ALTERNATIVE FACTS and Zoom dial-in information closer to the event.

The American Constitution Society is a State Bar of California approved CLE provider. This event has been approved for 1 hour of California MCLE credit. 1 hour of OH CLE credit is pending for this event.

For CLE documentation, click here.