FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 04, 2018
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP PARTNER ANNA MERCADO CLARK TO PARTICIPATE IN REENACTMENT OF “FRED KOREMATSU AND HIS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE”
New York, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle Partner Anna Mercado Clark will participate in the reenactment of “Fred Korematsu and His Fight for Justice” at a CLE event on Monday, June 4th. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, 200 Liberty Street New York, NY 10281.
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.
This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of Fred Korematsu and his fight for justice through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic documents and photographs. For this presentation, they will be joined by Fred’s daughter, Karen Korematsu.
Ms. Clark focuses her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, including banking/lender liability, and contract and business disputes. She also has extensive experience handling franchise litigation matters and e-discovery issues. Additionally, she counsels clients on best data preservation practices designed to mitigate data security risks while complying with regulatory and litigation hold requirements. As a former Assistant District Attorney, she also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations.