75th Anniversary of E.O. 9066 in the Spotlight at Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

SAN FRANCISCO — Minami Tamaki LLP Partner Dale Minami joined Judge Marilyn Hall Patel (Northern District of California), Judge Mary Schroeder (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals) and Karen Korematsu at the recent Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference to discuss Korematsu v. U.S. and the persisting relevance of the government’s malfeasance in the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

Fred Korematsu and Marilyn Hall Patel, the federal judge who vacated his wartime conviction and issued a finding of government misconduct in his Supreme Court case. (Hokubei Mainichi)

The annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference is a prestigious invitation-only forum that includes judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. district courts and lawyers practicing in these courts. This past conference was held July 17-20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown San Francisco.

The conference included a special program marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the presidential directives that led to the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The program focused on the extraordinary search for justice by Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui – who waited four decades to be exonerated of criminal convictions for violating government orders based on the dangers posed by Japanese Americans, claims that were later proven false. Documents admitting their falsity by government lawyer