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Two Upcoming Constitution Day Lectures

Constitution Day Lecture
Korematsu v. U.S.: Upholding Our Civil Liberties and the Constitution
w/ Dr. Karen Korematsu

Karen Korematsu

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Noon CT
(Online on Zoom)


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Join UIC Law and the greater UIC community on Wednesday, September 16, at Noon CT for a Constitution Day presentation by Dr. Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute. Dr. Korematsu is the daughter of the late civil rights icon, Fred Korematsu. 

Fred Korematsu was convicted for refusing to comply with Executive Order 9066, which called for the relocation and detention of Japanese Americans during WWII. His case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on constitutional grounds, where the ruling was upheld in a 6-3 decision. While Korematsu's name was cleared in federal district court in 1983, the SCOTUS decision stands. In his strongly worded dissent, Justice Jackson referred to the government's internment of Japanese Americans as the "legalization of racism" in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.    

Since her father’s passing in 2005, Dr. Korematsu has carried on his legacy as a public speaker, educator, and civil rights advocate. In 2009, she established the Fred T. Korematsu Institute to advance racial equity, social justice and human rights for all. The Institute’s work has since expanded from K-12 civic education to promoting civic engagement and public participation. In 2015, Dr. Korematsu was inducted as the first non-lawyer member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Suspicion Cascades: Race, Policing, and the Criminal Justice System
w/ Dean L. Song Richardson
University of California - Irvine School of Law

L. Song Richardson

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

5 p.m. CT
(Online on Zoom)


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Join us live at 5 p.m. for a presentation by L. Song Richardson, Dean of the University of California - Irvine School of Law. At the time of her appointment, Dean Richardson was the only woman of color to lead a top 30 school. 

A leading expert on implicit racial and gender bias in a variety of contexts, including emerging technologies, Dean Richardson is frequently invited to speak across the world about the science of implicit bias and its influence on decisions, perceptions, and judgments. She is also a leading expert on race and policing, including police violence, and has worked with police departments seeking to understand and address the impact of race on their policing practices.

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