This event is F * R * E * E.
In recognition of "Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day" (Gov. Abercrombie 2013), the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center and the Hawaii State Bar Association Civic Education Committee have organized an evening program to remind us of the courage of those who remain committed to freedom, even when their own civil liberties and rights are being challenged.
Eric Yamamoto, the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice, will speak about Fred Korematsu who was arrested and convicted of defying government orders to report to a Japanese internment camp during World War II. On Nov. 10, 1983, 41 years later, U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel vacated Korematsu’s conviction, an action considered pivotal in civil rights history.
Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna ('82) will provide insight into the life of Patsy T. Mink, who broke gender barriers and set the ground work for women's equality in education, and her impact and indelible legacy of equality for all.
Honolulu Attorney John Egan, who specializes in immigration law, will discuss the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and the current struggle faced by undocumented youth brought to this country as children.