February 19, 2019

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm, Eastern Time

The Supreme Court and Japanese Internment: 1943-2018

Room 120, New Haven, CT

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing Japanese relocation and internment during World War II. The order affected 117,000 people of Japanese descent (most of whom were native-born citizens of the U.S.). The internment was legally sanctioned, most notably in Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944). February 19th is now known as the Day of Remembrance.


January 30th of this year was the 100th birthday of Fred Korematsu. 


To commemorate his legacy in challenging Executive Order 9066 and the stain of Japanese internment during World War II, please join APALSA, CRP, NSG, and ACS on the Day of Remembrance for "The Supreme Court & Japanese American Internment, 1943-2018: A Conversation with Professor Karen Tani."

Professor Tani will explore the three cases (Yasui v. United States, Hirabayashi v. United States, and Korematsu v. United States) that confronted the Supreme Court of the United States with the legality of the Japanese American internment and close with a discussion of Trump v. Hawaii. There will also be time for the audience to share reflections and ask questions.


KAREN TANI is the Sidley Austin–Robert D. McLean Visiting Professor of Law and Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley. She is a scholar of U.S. legal history, with broad interests in poverty law and policy, administrative agencies, rights language, federalism, and the modern American state.