The Korematsu Lecture series was started in 2000 by a group of NYU law students who wished to honor Japanese internment challenger Fred Korematsu. The lecture provides a forum to address Asian American perspectives on the law and to honor Asian Americans who have substantially contributed to the development of the law while challenging the status quo.
This year’s special guest will be Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court. Before joining the state’s highest court, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published widely on these subjects in books, law reviews, and the general media.
The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento, where he attended public schools. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He went on to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 Term. In 2001, he joined the appellate litigation practice of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., and worked on an array of antitrust, white collar, insurance, product liability, and pro bono matters.
This year’s lecture is titled “Asian Americans in the Legal Profession.” Justice Liu will present findings from his recently published report, A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law, which documents the rise of Asian Americans as lawyers over the past half century. The study, coauthored with four Yale law students, is the first-ever systematic examination of how Asian Americans are situated in the legal profession. The study shows that in recent decades, Asian Americans have dramatically increased their enrollment in law schools, especially the top schools, and they have gained a firm foothold in virtually all sectors of the legal profession. But across all sectors, there is significant dearth of Asian Americans in the top ranks of leadership. Justice Liu will explore the reasons for these disparities and possible pathways to further progress.
This year’s Korematsu Lecture will be held on February 27th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge. To RSVP, click here. Please RSVP by February 23rd at 11:59pm.