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Anti-Asian Hate: History, Law, Culture, and Coalition-Building
Lorraine K. Bannai is a Professor Emeritus of Seattle University School of Law, as well as Director Emeritus of the Law School’s Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. After earning her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, Professor Bannai served on the legal team that successfully challenged Fred Korematsu’s World War II conviction for refusing to comply with orders that resulted in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans from the West Coast.

Professor Bannai has written and spoken widely on the wartime Japanese American incarceration and its present-day relevance. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that permit the indefinite detention of individuals without due process. She has also co-authored amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the children of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Minoru Yasui in Hedges v. Obama, a case challenging those same NDAA provisions, and in Trump v. Hawaii, challenging the Muslim travel ban. She authored a biography of Fred Korematsu: Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice, and, most recently, published the co-authored book Race, Rights, and National Security: Law and the Japanese American Incarceration.

Sep 21, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Professor Lorraine K. Bannai
Legal Scholar, Advocate & Author