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JABA Congratulates the Honorable Sabrina McKenna for Earning International Recognition for Significant Contribution to Legal Profession

June 28th, 2017 - Events, Featured Story, Front Page News, News

 
JABA congratulates Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna on earning the recognition for her tremendous contribution to the legal procession and assisting women advance into leadership roles at the Association of Corporate counsel Foundation’s annual Global Women in Law & Leadership Reception and Honors Dinner in New York City on June 20, 2017.

Please see below for the official press release by Hawaii State Judiciary.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2017

 

Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna earns international recognition for significant contributions to legal profession

 

HONOLULU, HI – Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna was recently honored for her major contributions to the legal profession, excelling as a leader, and for being instrumental in helping other women advance into leadership roles.

Justice McKenna, along with Kim Rivera, chief legal officer and general counsel, HP Inc., and Nadja Bellan-White, executive vice president, Global Brand Management, Ogilvy and Mather EMEA, were recognized at the second annual Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation Global Women in Law & Leadership Reception and Honors Dinner at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City on June 20.

“Our honorees have a storied list of accomplishments on their own, but what makes them truly worthy of this year’s ACC Foundation honors is that they have used their success to champion for further progress,” said ACC Foundation Director Jennifer Chen. “They haven’t been satisfied with individual success – they are constantly working to break barriers for other women and diverse groups.”

Justice McKenna spoke to the 250 attendees about the importance of speaking out when necessary, diversity on the bench, and of women mentoring and sponsoring other qualified women.

The ACC was impressed by Justice McKenna’s noteworthy career, stating “After attending college on a basketball scholarship as an early beneficiary of Title IX, she has long championed breaking barriers for the development of fellow women leaders. She frequently speaks on civil rights topics in the U.S. and internationally, and co-chaired the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Committee on Equality and Access to the Courts and the Committee on Court Interpreters and Language Access, looking to provide opportunities for groups frequently underrepresented in the justice system.”

“Justice McKenna richly deserves this honor,” said Hawaii Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald. “She has been a passionate advocate for access to justice for everyone, and an outstanding mentor and role model for so many people in our community. On behalf of the Judiciary, I extend heartfelt congratulations to Justice McKenna.”

Justice McKenna became an Associate Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court in March 2011. Prior to that, she served as senior judge of the Family Court of the First Circuit and as a trial court judge in the District and Circuit Courts. She also has experience as a civil litigator, corporate counsel, and law professor.

Justice McKenna graduated from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

JABA applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision today in Maslenjak v. United States

June 22nd, 2017 - Events, Featured Story, Front Page News, News

This is a reassuring win for the immigration community and civil rights.

Arturo Vargas, executive director of the NALEO Educational Fund, summarized impact of the Supreme Court decision perfectly:

“We stand behind the highest court in America and our partners in celebrating that the freedoms of millions of hard-working immigrants have been protected. This decision will ensure that lawful permanent residents who take the next step by becoming U.S. Citizens do not have to live in fear that their rights may be revoked at any time,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the NALEO Educational Fund. “By upholding the rights of naturalized citizens today, the court has affirmed that the United States supports those who come to this country to contribute to our democracy and economic prosperity.”

For the amicus brief, please see here. For the press release, click the link here or see below.

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For Immediate Release

CONTACT

Michelle Boykins 202-296-2300, ext. 0144 mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org
Amanda Bosquez (202) 546-2536 abosquez@naleo.org

WASHINGTON, DC – Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund applaud the unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court today in Maslenjak v. United States. The Court acted to protect the rights of naturalized U.S. citizens and those who are pursuing citizenship status, ruling that a non-material misstatement in an applicant’s naturalization process cannot be the basis for denaturalization.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for all Americans, especially the 8.5 million people eligible for naturalization and the 20 million individuals who have already naturalized,” said John C. Yang, president and executive director of Advancing Justice | AAJC. “With today’s decision, individuals are protected from losing their citizenship based on inconsequential misstatements that have no ultimate bearing on being qualified for or retaining their citizenship.”

Maslenjak v. United States involves an ethnic Serbian woman, Divna Maslenjak, who fled to the United States to take refuge from the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. She was granted refugee status and eventually obtained her naturalization. Years later, Maslenjak was found to have made misstatements during the naturalization process and was subject to being stripped of her citizenship, along with facing criminal prosecution.

“We stand behind the highest court in America and our partners in celebrating that the freedoms of millions of hard-working immigrants have been protected. This decision will ensure that lawful permanent residents who take the next step by becoming U.S. Citizens do not have to live in fear that their rights may be revoked at any time,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the NALEO Educational Fund. “By upholding the rights of naturalized citizens today, the court has affirmed that the United States supports those who come to this country to contribute to our democracy and economic prosperity.”

Advancing Justice and the NALEO Educational Fund, together with more than 70 organizations, filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to “highlight the great harms to naturalized citizens and the country that would result if naturalized citizenship could be stripped because of any immaterial false statement,” and the potential chilling effect on those eligible for naturalization. Attorneys from Wiley Rein LLP served as pro bono counsel on the brief. All the amici organizations work with or on behalf of immigrant communities and were concerned about potential barriers to applying for naturalization and broadly penalizing naturalized Americans.

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC has a mission to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans. We strive to empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities across the country by bringing local and national constituencies together, advocate for federal policy that reflects the needs of Asian Americans, and promotes a fair and equitable society for all.

NALEO Educational Fund is the leading nonprofit organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service

JABA Applauds Federal Judiciary Response to President’s Executive Order

February 9th, 2017 - Events, Featured Story, Front Page News, News, Recent Photos

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2017

For More Information, Contact:
Mark Furuya, President
info@jabaonline.org

JABA Applauds Federal Judiciary Response to President’s Executive Order

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) strongly supports the rule of law and the protection of civil rights over prejudice and discrimination. JABA commends U.S. District Court Judge James Robart’s ruling and the subsequent upholding of that ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that temporarily blocked enforcement of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. JABA also disapproves of the President’s criticisms against Judge Robart and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as the judiciary must remain independent from political pressure.

JABA is all too familiar with the consequences of racial hysteria and xenophobia. The parallels between the recently signed Executive Order 13769 and Executive Order 9066 cannot be denied. Nearly 75 years ago, EO 9066 cleared the way for deporting Japanese Americans to internment camps because of alleged concerns that Japanese Americans were disloyal and were spies for Japan. Specifically, EO 9066 stated that “successful prosecution of the war requires every possible protection against espionage and against sabotage to national-defense material…” [emphasis added] Similarly, EO 13769 states its purpose is to “ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law.” [emphasis added] Civil Rights activist, Fred Korematsu once said, “[n]o one should ever be locked away simply because they share the same race, ethnicity, or religion as a spy or terrorist. If that principle was not learned from the internment of Japanese Americans, then these are very dangerous times for our democracy.”

While these are uncertain times and tensions are high, we can all agree that we must not forget our history and repeat past wrongs. JABA believes that this ban is based in fear, similar to the basis for EO 9066. This is not a partisan issue, but a humanitarian and civil rights issue. JABA stands in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and believes that this country is stronger because of its diversity and not in spite of it. Many of our members are eager to act and if there is a positive to be taken from this, it is that people are energized and galvanized to do something. To that end, JABA recommends the following:

1.  Support groups assisting those being detained.

2.  Express your opinions to those who help shape federal policy. You can find contact information for Senators and Congresspeople here (https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/) and here (http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/).

3.  Engage in calm, intelligent and productive dialogue with those who disagree with you. As we noted, tensions and emotions are high and the divisions in our country are palpable. JABA recognizes that its own members have varying ideologies. Now is the time to find ways to unite and not widen the divide. Incredible things can happen when people come together and now, more than ever, we urge our members and communities to do so, including contacting JABA at info@jabaonline.org whether you want to express your opinion, volunteer, or otherwise.

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About the Japanese American Bar Association
The Japanese American Bar Association (“JABA”) was founded over 40 years ago in Los Angeles, California. Over the years, JABA has provided a special forum for members of the legal profession with interests and ties to the Japanese American community to discuss issues, network, and serve our community.

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