NJSBA Diversity Committee Program, presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Foundation

But Where Are You Really From?
A look at Asian American History, The Law, and Notions of Belonging in the United States

Friday, June 11 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Attorneys - earn up to 2.0 CLE credits, including 2.0 in diversity and inclusion.
Educators - earn 2.0 professional development credits.

Presented in cooperation with the:
New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Foundation
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey
Garden State Bar Association
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
NJSBA Commission on Racial Equity in the Law
NJSBA Minorities in the Profession Section
NJSBA LGBT Rights Section
NJSBA Women in the Profession Section
South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey

This program is open to the public at no cost for anyone who is not seeking continuing legal education credit.

General Tuition: Free (no CLE credits)
Educators (including those seeking professional development credits), other members of the public and attorneys not seeking CLE credits should register here.  
General Tuition: $23 (with CLE credits)
Attorneys who wish to earn CLE credit must pay a fee of $23 and should register here.

Maria P. Vallejo, Esq.
Co-Chair, NJSBA Diversity Committee
Partner, Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo PC
Speakers include:
U.S. Representative Andy Kim
New Jersey’s 3rd District, United States House of Representatives
Dr. Karen Korematsu
Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute
Michael Angulo, Esq
Board Member, Jersey Promise
Ti-Hua Chang
Investigative Broadcast Journalist
Lora Fong, Esq.
Assistant Attorney General, Chief Diversity Officer, Department of Law and Public Safety State of
New Jersey

Nivetha Karthikeyan
Special Projects Coordinator, South Asian American Digital Archive

Stanley Mark, Esq
Senior Staff Attorney, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

About the Program:
“But where are you really from?”

That’s a question that many Americans with Asian or Pacific Islander heritage have heard all too often, whether they are newer immigrants or from a family that has been here for generations.
In the wake of a surge in anti-Asian hate incidents across the nation, this program presented by the NJSBA Diversity Committee will take a closer look at the history of Asian America – a diverse and varied category of ethnic and cultural backgrounds in and of itself.

We’ll start with a keynote address by Dr. Karen Korematsu, who will tell us the story of her father, civil rights icon Fred Korematsu. Fred Korematsu famously objected to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, leading to a Supreme Court case that continues to resonate decades later. Dr. Korematsu is now the founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, an organization that advances racial equity, social justice and human right and promotes public civic engagement and participation.

Dr. Korematsu’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion of notable Asian American attorneys, scholars, activists and policy makers who will discuss the experiences of Asian communities in America and New Jersey, about myths and stereotypes, and about policies throughout history that have enshrined anti-Asian sentiment and misconceptions into our legal system and ideas of belonging and identity.

Dr. Karen Korematsu will tell the story of her father, Fred Korematsu of the Supreme Court Case Korematsu v. the United States, in which the Supreme Court in 1944 upheld of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. She will talk about the case and the twists and turns over the years. Korematsu was convicted for evading internment, but the conviction was overturned four decades later. The Supreme Court decision was not formally condemned until 2018. Her talk will talk about civil rights, social justice, equity, and the importance of civics education and participatory government
Panel discussion and Q&A covering:
Systemic historical racism against Asian Americans in the United States, statutes and governmental acts that have affected the Asian American community throughout history
Statistical data and reports on the Asian American population in the United States and New Jersey, including South Asian history and population
Individual stories of Asian Americans in the United States, combating stereotypes and myths through social movements
An overview of the current surge in hate crimes against the Asian communities in the tri-state area and efforts to combat by activist groups and law enforcement.