It was a great summer for the Sacramento Chapter. In July, we hosted our annual Supreme Court Year in Review at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento. We are incredibly grateful to Professors Clark Kelso and Leslie Jacobs for the time and effort they put in to making this year’s presentation both informative and entertaining. Also in July, I was lucky enough to attend the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in San Francisco on behalf of the Sacramento Chapter. In addition to enjoying the excellent programming, I represented our chapter at the FBA Ninth Circuit Leaders Meeting. This meeting, held every year at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, provides an opportunity for chapter leaders across the Ninth Circuit to share ideas and feedback about their chapters’ successes, areas for growth, and struggles. Not only was I proud to report on our many successes, I believe our chapter will benefit from many of the ideas that other chapter leaders shared.
In August, we received exciting news from the Federal Bar Association national organization: the Sacramento Chapter is being honored with two awards at the FBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Out of 107 chapters nationwide, we were one of fourteen honored with the prestigious Chapter Activity Presidential Excellence Award. This award recognizes the exceptional programming that our organization has put on in the last year, from June 2016 to June 2017. We also received the Meritorious Newsletter Award, recognizing our News & Notes as an outstanding newsletter. Twelve chapters nationwide received this award. Thank you to all of our board members, and particularly Tom Woods (President 2016), Julie Yap (2016 Programs Co-Chair), Steve Duvernay (2016-17 Programs Co-Chair), Chi Soo Kim (2016 Newsletter Editor), and Aly Bivins (2017 Newsletter Editor), for their dedication to our organization.
Our busy summer has come to an end, and we are looking forward to an equally action-packed fall. First, on October 19, we have a free CLE event, Executive Order 9066: Difficult Choices with Constitutional Dimensions
. This year is the 75th anniversary of the issuance of Executive Order 9066. During World War II, pursuant to this Executive Order signed by President Roosevelt, nearly 117,000 persons of Japanese descent, two thirds of whom were US citizens, were forced to leave their homes and possessions on two weeks' notice and were incarcerated in ten desolate sites in the interior of the United States. There is no one story of the impact this had on Japanese Americans. There are myriad stories; they are complex and nuanced. Come on October 19th as United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller; Dr. Satsuki Ina, professor emeritus, California State University, and producer of two award-winning documentary films about the incarceration; and Barbara Takei, expert and author on Tule Lake, and the CFO of the Tule Lake Committee, talk about the difficult choices Japanese Americans faced in response to their incarceration. Panelists will review constitutional questions raised by the Executive Order and subsequent removal orders, including the Korematsu
case, citizenship renunciation considerations, and the Tule Lake protests, among other aspects of this challenging period in our nation’s history. The event will be followed by a complimentary reception.