Coram Nobis: Reopening the 1944 Supreme Court Korematsu Decision

“National Security and Democratic Liberties: The Continuing Import of Korematsu v. U.S.”

This year marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 (EO 9066) issued during World War II that cleared the way for the internment of Japanese-, German- and Italian-Americans to camps across the country. In 1944, Fred Korematsu challenged the constitutionality of EO 9066 and his incarceration in the historic Supreme Court case Korematsu v. United States and lost. To this day, while Mr. Korematsu’s original conviction was overturned the Korematsu decision still stands.

Two events will examine the significance of Korematsu and particularly in light of current events in America:

The first, on Thursday, February 23rd at the William S. Richardson School of Law, is a forum featuring presentations by Korematsu coram nobis legal team members Dale Minami, Lori Bannai and Eric Yamamoto, with Karen Korematsu and Richardson Scholar Advocate law students Anna Jang and Jaime Tokioka. 

The second, on Friday, February 24th downtown at the Judicial History Center, is a reception and roundtable Q&A with the same panelists, plus coram nobis team member Leigh-Ann Miyasato. 

Both events are open to the public and have limited seating.

For more information, please contact Julie Levine of UH Foundation at or (808) 956-8395.

Download a PDF of the event flyer.