FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2019
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP PARTNER ANNA MERCADO CLARK, CIPP/E, TO PARTICIPATE IN REENACTMENT OF “FRED KOREMATSU AND HIS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE” AT THE 2ND ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY FRED T. KOREMATSU DAY OF CIVIL LIBERTIES
New York, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle Partner Anna Mercado Clark, CIPP/E, will participate in the reenactment of “Fred Korematsu and His Fight for Justice” at the 2nd Annual New York City Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties event on Wednesday, January 30th. The event, taking place at 6:30 p.m. at New York County Lawyers Association, Andrew Hamilton Hall, 14 Vesey Street in New York City, is co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Asian Practice Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. Ms. Clark and other AABANY members will perform a reenactment of the legal proceedings in Korematsu v. United States. The Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Kiyo Matsumoto of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, along with other AABANY members, will be participating.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, uprooting some 120,000 Japanese-Americans – two-thirds of them American citizens – from their homes on the West Coast and forcing them into concentration camps. Fred Korematsu refused to go. He was arrested and convicted of violating the Executive Order and related military proclamations. He appealed his conviction first to the Ninth Circuit and then to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court affirmed his conviction, upholding the Executive Order. In 1983, nearly 40 years later, the federal court in San Francisco vacated Korematsu’s conviction after evidence was uncovered showing that the government had suppressed evidence that undermined its assertions before the Supreme Court.
As leader of Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy and E-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Teams, Ms. Clark focuses on complex e-discovery and digital forensics, cybersecurity and data privacy, and complex commercial litigation. As a former Assistant District Attorney, she also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations. Ms. Clark has been awarded the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) designation by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a preeminent certification for advanced concentration in European data protection laws, standards, and practices. She is a member of the AABANY Litigation Committee.