On May 12, AABANY members participated in a re-enactment of “Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio,” at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. The cast included Cadwalader Partner, Kathy Hirata Chin, who together with her husband, Hon. Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, spearheaded AABANY’s trial re-enactment project for the past nine years. Also in the cast were Cadwalader attorneys (and AABANY members) Lauren U.Y. Lee and Jessica Wong, as well as past NAPABA and AABANY President Andy Hahn, three past AABANY Presidents, Linda Lin, Clara Ohr and Yang Chen (also AABANY’s Executive Director). The role of Hon. Thomas Tang of the Ninth Circuit was played by Hon. Lorna Schofield, the first Filipino American Article III judge.

The Wards Cove re-enactment tells a story of racial discrimination in hiring, promotion and working conditions in the Alaska salmon canning industry. It recounts a long history of legal proceedings that ultimately led to defeat for the plaintiffs who sought to redress decades of discrimination against Asian American workers in the Wards Cove cannery. The case led to the United States Congress enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1991which partially overturned the Supreme Court’s rulings in Wards Cove. In doing so, however, Congress left in place an exemption that carved out the case from the reach of the Civil Rights Act, thereby denying the class represented in Wards Cove from enjoying the benefits of the legislation. To quote from the re-enactment Gloria Caoile, of the Philippine Heritage Foundation: “This is like saying everyone can sit in front of the bus except for Rosa Parks.”

It was a great honor and privilege to be joined at the re-enactment by the family of Abraham Arditi, counsel for plaintiffs in Wards Cove. (They appear in the group photo, in the far left.)

We thank Cadwalader and its Center for Diversity and Inclusion for once again hosting an AABANY trial re-enactment. We are also grateful for the wonderful reception afterwards, for all attendees, which included a wine-tasting to go along with the sumptuous food that was served.

To learn more about this trial re-enactment contact AABANY’s Executive Director, Yang Chen at yang.chen@aabany.org. The scripts for the first five 
re-enactments can be found online at the AABANY Law Review website.

Yet another example of cops who abuse their authority to do horrible things in the name of “The Law”, who go after unarmed US citizens with full force and do serious damage for no damn good reason.

Since they don’t show it in the article, here’s another couple of shots of the incident (as well as the text, which might be written a tad more for garnering sympathy than genuinely assessing the situation, but still):

Davis has received support from hundreds of thousands of people, including a former FBI director, former President Carter and Pope Benedict XVI. Some of his backers resorted to urging prison workers to strike or call in sick Wednesday, and they considered a desperate appeal for White House intervention. And some of Davis’ supporters were considering whether to ask President Obama to intervene, a move that legal experts said was unlikely.

In Europe, where the planned execution has drawn widespread criticism, politicians and activists were making a last-minute appeal to the state of Georgia to refrain from executing Davis. Amnesty International and other groups planned a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris later Wednesday and Amnesty also called a vigil outside the U.S. Embassy in London. [READ MORE]

The world is watching.

For centuries prostitutes have been plying their trade on other people’s property. Assignations have occurred in palaces, luxury hotels, cruise ships, college dormitories, truck stops, back alleys and back seats. A profession of this vintage has provided governments with countless opportunities to use novel weapons to curtail its abuses. As far as I am aware, however, it was not until 1988 that any State decided to experiment with the punishment of innocent third parties by confiscating property in which, or on which, a single transaction with a prostitute has been consummated.

Bennis v. Mich.

516 U.S. 442