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Internment Camps Could Happen Again

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During World War II, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps. Former Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Commerce, and Congressman Norm Mineta was one of the 14,000 to live in a Wyoming camp called Heart Mountain.

Secretary Mineta spoke at Hogan Lovells this week in honor of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, saying "We all have to be vigilant in protecting our constitutional rights." The jump to condemn one ethnic background isn't an isolated incident—and the Supreme Court decision upholding internment camps,¬†Korematsu, has never been overturned. In the aftermath of 9/11, Mineta says he immediately heard calls for not allowing Arab-Americans and Muslims on aircraft. Not wanting his experiences to be repeated, he put a premium on protecting other people's rights. Mineta remembers the evacuation notice in '42 mandating that "all Japanese persons, both alien and non-alien, will be evacuated." As a result, he says "I cherish the word 'citizen' today."

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Mineta spoke with panelists VENG Group partner Vincent Eng, Asian Americans Advancing Justice president Mee Moua, and Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation chair Shirley Ann Higuchi, flanked by Hogan Lovells moderators. The panel followed a documentary about the internment camps called Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain, which features Mineta and others. In the film, LA Superior Court Judge Lance Ito, whose parents met at Heart Mountain, says he keeps a painting of it in his chambers to recall "what can happen if we're not paying attention."

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Raising the Bar, and $4M

Yesterday we celebrated the DC Access to Justice Commission's third successful Raising the Bar campaign. It raised $4 million for legal services, a full million more than its first campaign. We snapped keynote Secretary of Labor Tom Perez with DC Superior Court Judge Jose Lopez.

The event, hosted at Arnold & Porter's 555 12th St office, drew a lot of judicial support. Here's Arnold & Porter's Mary Kennedy flanked by DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric Washington, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Judge Robert Wilkins, and DC Superior Court Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo.

Legendary Williams & Connolly founding partner Bob Weinberg is a past DC Bar president. We found him with the very first president of the DC Bar, Hogan Lovells' E. Barrett Prettyman, and Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless executive director Patty Mullahy Fugere.

We also spotted US District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Emmet Sullivan, with DC Access to Justice board chair Peter Edelman.

Here's Coffey Burlington's Andy Marks with DC Attorney General Irv Nathan. Andy's a DC Access to Justice commissioner and spearheaded the Raising the Bar campaign, coming up with a unique giving system that's structured as a percentage of revenue. This year, 43 firms participated.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly executive director Jan May, BuckleySandler founding partner Joe Kolar, and Legal Counsel for the Elderly development director Aaron Knight. Aaron tells us he met Joe a few months ago and they hit it off upon discovering they grew up a few miles apart in Eastern Iowa.

  
  
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LSIC on the Roof

Last night, we joined the DC Law Students in Court for its annual Celebration of Service Gala. On Miller & Chevalier's rooftop deck, we snapped honoree Covington employment chair Tom Williamson with Covington pharma litigation co-chair Mark Lynch and LSIC executive director Moses Cook. LSIC is a group of five law schools whose students represent low-income DC residents.

It's not a DC rooftop party without a photobomb by the White House. We snapped Covington's Corinne Goldstein and her husband Mayer Brown's Robert Jenkins; the two met while Corinne was an associate at Covington and Robert was clerking on the DC Circuit after his time in Peru with the Peace Corps.


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