El Proyecto del Legado JABA: Juristas Pioneros en la Comunidad Nikkei

El Proyecto del Legado de la Barra de Abogados Americano Japonesa (Japanese American Bar Association o JABA) aspira a crear perfiles de juristas prominentes en la comunidad americano japonesa en forma de artículos escritos e historias orales. En particular, estos perfiles prestan especial atención a las reflexiones vanguardistas de estos juristas sobre JABA, sus distinguidas carreras y su participación en la comunidad americano japonesa.

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La juez Kathryn Doi Todd: Redefiniendo las Posibilidades

¿Está usted emparentada con Mia Doi Todd?

Así lo pregunta Akira Boch, uno de los camarógrafos del Museo Nacional Americano Japonés (Japanese American National Museum), mientras él y Jenni Nakamura instalan el equipo audiovisual para la entrevista en el despacho de la Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd, juez de la Corte de apelación del segundo distrito. La respuesta es sí, y la juez Todd se deleita con las fotos de su hija, Mia – una cantautora prominente - con su bebé recién nacido. 

La juez Todd ciertamente está acostumbrada a la celebridad de su hija. Aunque, para estar seguros ...

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Judge Jon Mayeda: The Right Place at the Right Time

Judge Jon Mayeda—a retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who currently works with JAMS, an Irvine-based dispute resolution and arbitration company—was always in the right places at the right times…or so he claims when he says, “It felt like the right thing to do.” But luck and serendipity can only go so far before passion and vision come into play.

As a pioneering jurist in the Japanese American community, Mayeda was instrumental in the founding of several organizations, including what is now the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association (APILSA) at the University of California, Los ...

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Judge Vincent Okamoto: Fighting for Justice - Part 2

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It was in Vietnam that Okamoto first started thinking about the rule of law, and the lack thereof around him at the time. 

“I really did say to myself—and it sounds kind of corny—that if I am fortunate enough to live through this experience, then when I get back to the world—to America—I’d like to go through something that has rules, where people don’t throw grenades at each other and shoot at each other,” Okamoto said. “So I gave [law school] a shot.”

For Okamoto, law school proved to ...

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Judge Vincent Okamoto: Fighting for Justice - Part 1

“I was in a position in Vietnam—to be in an arena where men with guns made the rules. And there really wasn’t anything called the rule of law. Those on the battlefield prevailed not because of better argument or because the facts were on their side. They prevailed because they had superior firepower.”

So says Judge Vincent Okamoto who sits on the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench as he begins to explain just how the most highly-decorated Japanese American Vietnam War veteran ended up a Superior Court judge.

In Okamoto’s chambers at the Inglewood Courthouse, fourteen ...

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Judge Ernest Hiroshige: Forging Community

Anyone who has ever met Judge Ernest Hiroshige, who sits on the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench, knows about his signature bow tie. There’s no huge story behind it—“I just like bow ties,” he said.

The influence of his bow tie reaches far beyond the walls of Department 54 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. In fact, the 32-year-old veteran of the bench tells a story about Clyde Kusatsu, a friend and actor who wore a bow tie—in honor of Hiroshige—to an audition for the role of a judge on the legal drama L.A. Law ...

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