Professor Eric Yamamoto was on hand at the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center in Honolulu on June 28 to talk about democratic liberties, national security and his new book “In the Shadow of Korematsu: Democratic Liberties and National Security.”
More than 70 individuals attended the talk story event, which was hosted by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Hawaii Chapter, JACL-Honolulu and the Federal Bar Association Hawaii Chapter.
During his presentation, Yamamoto addressed the present-day significance of an independent judiciary viewed through the lens of the World War II Japanese American incarceration cases.
His new book, “In the Shadow of Korematsu,” tackles pressing questions about the significance of judicial independence for a constitutional democracy committed to both security and the rule of law. Through the lens of the WWII Japanese American incarceration cases, he opens a path through the legal thicket so that American society might better accommodate both security and liberty.
Yamamoto is the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii.