2017 Civics Event

On May 16, 2017, the Northern District of California Chapter co-sponsored a program with the District Court and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area in conjunction with the Ninth Circuit's Civics Contest. A standing room only crowd of almost 200 people attended the program in the District Court's Ceremonial Courtroom.

The program included (1) a re-enactment of the 1942 trial and appellate proceedings in U.S. v. Yasui, (2) a question and answer session with Karen Korematsu (daughter of Fred Korematsu, the defendant in Korematsu v. U.S., 323 U.S. 214 (1944)) and Dale Minami (lead counsel on behalf of Mr. Korematsu on the Petition for Writ of Coram Nobis filed in our District Court, and (3) a presentation of awards to the ND Cal winners of the Ninth Circuit's Civics Contest.


(l to r) Karen Korematsu, Peter Boutin (President, NDCA Chapter), and U.S. District Judge Gilliam with Lori Sarsfield and Iris Wu (NDCA winners of the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest)


U.S. District Judges Hamilton (our Chief Judge); Seeborg, Gonzalez Rogers and Patel (Ret.), and Magistrate Judge Ryu on the bench. Magistrate Judge Laporte is in the foreground at the lectern. (*Judges are listed in order of seniority. Chief Judge Hamilton is at the far right.)


Trial re-enactment: Judge Marilyn Hall Patel (Ret.), who granted Fred Korematsu’s Petition for Writ of Coram Nobis (see 584 F. Supp. 1406 (ND Cal 1984)), is on the bench; to the left at the lectern is Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte; to the right at the lectern is Judge Gilliam.

39th Annual Luncheon Honoring Ninth Circuit and Northern District of California Judges

On March 23, 2017, the Northern District of California Chapter hosted its 39th Annual Luncheon Honoring the Judges of the Ninth Circuit and Northern District of California with over 450 attendees. Following addresses by Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Thomas, former Chief Judge Wallace, former Chief Judge Kozinski and Northern District of California Chief Judge Hamilton, our Chapter presented an award to Cathy Catterson. Following 40 years of distinguished service to the Judicial Branch, Cathy recently retired as the Circuit and Court of Appeals Executive for the Ninth Circuit.


Peter Boutin, NDCA Chapter President, presented an award to Cathy Catterson, Circuit and Court of Appeals Executive for the Ninth Circuit
2016 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest: “50 Years After the Miranda Decision – How Federal Courts Define the Rights of the Accused”

The Northern District of California Chapter co-sponsored the District Court’s competition to identify three students to move on to the 2016 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, “50 Years After the Miranda Decision – How Federal Courts Define the Rights of the Accused.” The Ninth Circuit Contest, which is sponsored by the federal courts, is an essay and video competition for high school students in the Western U.S. The purpose of the contest is to help inform young people about the Constitution and why it matters. The officers of the Northern District of California Chapter met with the participating judges and court staff during the initial planning stages for the local contest to help with the structure of the contest and outreach to prospective contestants. The officers also helped judge the 31 video entries, which was by far the most video entries from any district in the Circuit. In addition, the Chapter provided the cash prizes for the finalists and sponsored the celebratory reception which took place at the San Francisco federal courthouse.


Attendees at the celebratory reception sponsored by the Northern District of California Chapter

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