Past Events

NJCHS Gala in San Francisco

October 17, 2018

Sign up now for the NJCHS Second Annual Gala on October 17, 2018. This year's Gala will be held at the lovely and historic Green Room of the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.

We will celebrate our mission and also the importance of an Independent Judiciary.While we dine on the delicious fare of our wonderful caterers, we will also hear from renowned constitutional law scholar, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. Dean Chemerinsky will talk about the impacts major personnel changes have on courts, looking at both the Supreme Court and more "locally" on the Ninth Circuit with the loss of Judges Noonan, Pregerson, and Reinhardt. It should be a very lively and interesting evening.
Cocktails begin at 5:30 and dinner starts at 6:30. 


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NJCHS Gala in San Francisco

Treasure Hunt/Trivia Night in the Ninth Circuit Courthouse

June 21, 2018

The NJCHS hosted its inaugural TREASURE HUNT & TRIVIA NIGHT IN THE MAGNIFICENT NINTH CIRCUIT COURTHOUSE IN SF. Eight teams of the bay area's best and brightest legal talent came together for a very fun evening of team building, friendly competition, great food, and craft beer and whiskey tasting!

This Event sold out and many teams have already told us they are coming back next year!!  We look forward to seeing you then!!

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Treasure Hunt/Trivia Night in the Ninth Circuit Courthouse

Women in the Law - Going First and Going Forward

March 27, 2018

Where have we been and where are we now? Join our distinguished panel as they discuss what it was like to be the first woman in a particular role in the law. Our panelists also will provide us their insights into how things have (or have not) changed.


Hon. Marsha Berzon, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Hon Marilyn Hall Patel, Northern District of California (ret.)
Melinda Haag, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California)
Dorian Daley, General Counsel for Oracle

Barbara Babcock (Stanford Law School, Professor Emerita)

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Women in the Law - Going First and Going Forward

A Court Transformed:The Ninth Circuit, the 1978 Judgeship Act, and the Carter Judges

February 17, 2018

The California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the Appellate Courts Section of the LA County Bar Association, the Department of Political Science of Loyola Marymount University, and the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society are pleased to announce a Conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the Omnibus Judgeship Act of 1978. 

The Omnibus Judgeship Act of 1978 transformed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by creating ten new judgeships for the Court. President Carter filled all these new spots, along with five other judicial vacancies.The Act also authorized the Ninth Circuit to create its unique “limited en banc court” of fewer than all active judges. 

Come hear:

Hon. J. Clifford Wallace,
Hon. Mary M. Schroeder,
Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson,
Hon. William C. Canby, Jr.,
Hon. Stephen Reinhardt,
Hon. A. Wallace Tashima,
Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw,
and Hon. Milan D. Smith, Jr.

present their insights in conversation with principal moderator Professor Arthur D. Hellman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The Judges will share both their recollections and their contemporary perspectives on what the impact of the Judgeship Act has been on the Ninth Circuit, both in the immediate aftermath and in the longer term.  

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A Court Transformed:The Ninth Circuit, the 1978 Judgeship Act, and the Carter Judges

Nearly 75 Years On: How Korematsu Shaped Constitutional Law

Renowned constitutional law and legal history scholars discuss the reasoning in, events surrounding, and possibility for repetition of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Korematsu and the related Japanese curfew cases. The panel discusses how civil liberties fare in wartime and how Korematsu influences judicial decisionmaking today. Moderated by U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel (Ret.), who vacated Korematsu’s conviction in 1983, this program is not to be missed.



Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished
Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Jane Schacter
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Stanford Law

Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel (Ret.)
U.S. District Judge

Ben Feuer
Chairman, California Appellate Law Group LLP

Nearly 75 Years On: How Korematsu Shaped Constitutional Law

Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society Annual Program

Portland: October 26, 2017

The Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society's annual program included a distinguished panel who discussed the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and the legal and judicial legacies of the Incarceration.

Hon. Wallace Tashima. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Hon. Susan Graber, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professor Lauren Kessler, University of Oregon, and author of Stubborn Twig

Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society Annual Program

Executive Order 9066: Difficult Choices

Sacramento: October 19, 2017

Executive Order 9066: Difficult Choices with Constitutional Dimensions 

A panel discussion about the difficult choices Japanese Americans faced in response to their incarceration. Panelists reviewed constitutional questions raised by the Executive Order and subsequent removal orders, citizenship renunciation considerations, and the Tule Lake protests, among other aspects of this challenging period in our nation’s history.

This program featured:

United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
Barbara Takei, expert and author on Tule Lake, and the CFO of the Tule Lake Committee 


Executive Order 9066: Difficult Choices

Lessons Learned: Executive Order 9066

Santa Ana: September 27, 2017

During WWI, the U.S. Government incarcerated nearly 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry, in desolate sites in the interior of the United States. Japanese Americans in Hawaii lived under martial law. There is no one story of the impact these actions had on Japanese Americans, and their reactions to these events and their stories are myriad and nuanced.

Special Guest Speakers: 

Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips
Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura
Filmmaker Stacey Hayashi
U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, (ret.)


Lessons Learned: Executive Order 9066


Los Angeles: September 26th, 2017

The NJCHS thanks those who came out to celebrate its mission and also heroes of the Japanese American Incarceration on its 75th Anniversary. We were honored to hear from Judges Tashima and Patel, as well as filmmaker Stacey Hayashi and actor, Chris Tashima and to see a sneak preview of their film “Go for Broke,” about the Japanese Americans who bravely served in the 100/442nd Infantry in WWII.

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Lessons of the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII

Sacramento: June 1, 2017

The NJCHS and the Kennedy Learning Center held a special program: Lessons of the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII, featuring speakers, Dr. Satsuki Ina and Marielle Tsukamoto.

Dr. Ina is professor emeritus, California State University, Sacramento. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Sacramento and Berkeley specializing in the treatment of trauma. She produced two award-winning documentary films about the Japanese American incarceration: Children of the Camps, and From A Silk Cocoon. Marielle Tsukamoto, has been a teacher and principal in Elk Grove. She is well-known throughout California and the nation for her work with Japanese American cultural groups. Marielle, the daughter of Mary and Al Tsukamoto, had her first experiences with cultural issues when she was 5 years old, when the Tsukamotos, along with 2,000 local Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and incarcerated in prison-like internment camps.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Under Executive Order 9066, nearly 117,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, citizens and permanent residents alike, were forced to leave their homes and belongings behind on two weeks’ notice, were transported to temporary “evacuation centers,” and then ultimately were sent to desolate camps in which they were forced to spend several years during WWII.

This program explored the root causes leading to Executive Order 9066, the experiences of those whose lives were so dramatically affected by it, as well as challenges to the Order, and also looked at the long-lasting impact of the Incarceration and the difficult choices made by those who were incarcerated – even across generations, as told through film clips from Dr. Ina's moving documentary, From a Silk Cocoon


Lessons of the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII

Voices of the Internees

San Francisco: May 31, 2017

On May 31, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, and the Regional Network presented the moving program: Voices of the Internees.

This program marked the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 with personal stories of the WWII Incarceration of Japanese Americans and provided dramatic insight into the human impact of the Incarceration.

Don Tamaki, Managing Partner of Minami Tamaki LLP, and part of the legal team that reopened the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Fred Korematsu, moderated the panel. Mr. Tamaki's parents met at the Topaz, Utah camp. On the panel with him was poet/playwright/actor and “No-No” Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Mr. Kashiwagi had been interned at the Tule Lake Camp in California) and Naomi Sasaura (Ms. Sasaura was born in the Rohwer, Arkansas internment camp). 




Voices of the Internees

Spinning Race, Citizenship and Fear on the Campaign Trail: a History

San Francisco: November 2016

In November 2016, the NJCHS presented a program called Spinning Race, Citizenship and Fear on the Campaign Trail: a History, with a talk by Jack Tchen, NYU Professor and Co-Author of Yellow Peril!: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear.

Political campaigns often target “others” as the reason for America’s problems. Often, those “others” have been immigrants. At the same time, such xenophobia has always been opposed. This program discussed the historical roots of immigrant bashing and lessons to be learned from the anti-Chinese campaigns of the 1870’s and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act (the impact of which was still felt until 1968).

It also discussed how, in the very halls of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals building, Wong Kim Ark and fellow Chinese American litigants successfully fought for the same civil rights the Constitution provides to us all born on U.S. soil: United States citizenship. The event was well attended and lauded for its excellent subject matter.

Spinning Race, Citizenship and Fear on the Campaign Trail: a History

Santa Ana Court House History Recorded

The struggle to bring a federal courthouse to Orange County is the subject of a video project the NJCHS developed with the aid of District Judge Dave Carter. Filmed at the Santa Ana Courthouse, through interviews with Judges Manuel Real, Terry Hatter, Dickran Tevrizian, Gary Taylor, Andrew Guilford, Bankruptcy Judge John Ryan, Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato, and former Congressmen Jerry Patterson and Christopher Cox, this stunning video documents the successful efforts which led to the construction of the Santa Ana Courthouse.

The video was premiered at the Orange County Federal Bar Association meeting and was enthusiastically received.

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Santa Ana Court House History Recorded

Ninth Circuit Courthouse Celebrated

- October, 2014

The oldest active federal courthouse west of the Mississippi, Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse, was celebrated in a special program in October, 2014. Professor James Mooney of the University of Oregon School of Law recounted the life and career of Oregon’s first district judge, Matthew Deady to over 100 guests in the building’s courtroom.

The NJCHS engaged CWF Media to videotape the October 23rd program in its entirety for ultimate distribution to the Ninth Circuit and interested high schools. To obtain a copy of the videotape, please contact: or call (415) 757-0286. Attendees were given copies of the special issue of Western Legal History devoted to the history of the courthouse. This special issue features an article on Matthew Deady, an oral history of Judge John Kilkenny, who led preservation efforts in the 1970s, an article by Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, and a historical photo essay.

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Ninth Circuit Courthouse Celebrated

NJCHS Joined with California Supreme Court Historical Society for Federalism Program

- June 2013

In June 2013, in Los Angeles, the NJCHS and the California Supreme Court Historical Society co-sponsored a multimedia program exploring state’s rights and federalism as illustrated by notorious events in the life of California Supreme Court Chief Justice David Terry (1855-59).

The program was held in the Ronald Reagan State Office Building in Los Angeles, Over 150 attendees enjoyed the program, which featured judges from the U.S. District Court and the California Court of Appeal reading original documents about Terry’s duel with a U.S. senator, his 1856 clash with the San Francisco Vigilance Committee, and his 1889 assault on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field.

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NJCHS Joined with California Supreme Court Historical Society for Federalism Program

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