The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, presents a discussion and audience Q&A in honor of Fred Korematsu Day. Constitutional scholar and novelist Kermit Roosevelt will discuss Korematsu’s story, his legacy, and its significance for present-day Americans, in conversation with David Lat, a fellow Yale Law graduate, novelist, and expert on the federal judiciary. The event will take place at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Monday, January 30 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. This conversation will touch on the historic significance of the Japanese American civil rights leader Fred Korematsu, whose case Korematsu v. United States was used to test the constitutionality of Japanese internment. This event is free and open to the public.
Kermit Roosevelt III is an award-winning author, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Pennsylvania Law, and a former Supreme Court clerk. He has been published in the Virginia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review, among others. His latest novel, Allegiance, centers on President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 and recaptures legal debates including Korematsu v. United States.
David Lat is an author, lawyer, and legal commentator. He is the founder and managing editor of Above The Law, and has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, the New York Observer, and Washingtonian Magazine. He is also the author of Supreme Ambitions: A Novel.
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