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About the Speaker Series--

The year 2019 brings the third ABAS Law Foundation Speaker Series. The 2019 Series began with a February 12 panel discussion, Local Advocates Confront the Immigration Policy Crisis. Next is a March 31 performance of playwright Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone, a story of love between Vietnamese immigrants taking to the road in a quest for refuge from destroyed lives in their war-torn native country. May 18 brings a joint film program with the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival. On August 10 and 11 the Foundation presents a concert reading of playwright Jeanne Sakata’s acclaimed one-man play, Hold These Truths, an “epic love story between one man and the U.S. Constitution” and the recipient of three Theatre Bay Area Awards, reenacting Gordon Hirabayashi’s challenges to governmental injustices in WWII.

The first two Speaker Series years brought A Conversation on Civics with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye; Empowering the Community and Educating the Public through Law with Dale Minami; the Sacramento premiere of the Konrad Aderer documentary Resistance at Tule Lake; Bystander Intervention Training with the Council on American Islamic Relations; a panel on Bail Reform in California; and a screening of Sold, a human trafficking story, with a panel discussion on human trafficking. The Foundation screened the Sacramento premiere of Abby Ginzberg's documentary And Then They Came for Us, attended by 800, with a distinguished discussion panel and a social action networking session featuring opportunities for volunteer action with local organizations.

The Speaker Series is part of the Foundation’s two decades of law-related educational and charitable works in greater Sacramento's Asian/Pacific community. Each year, the Foundation awards about $18,000 in scholarships to encourage community-conscious activist future lawyers. The Foundation has supported activities such as the Hmong Mediation Project, a local project engaging Hmong elders in conflict resolution in cooperation with the Sacramento Superior Court; and the CAIR-Sacramento Valley immigration legal clinic. The Foundation has produced numerous law-related workshops and programs, and administers a federal grant for research on World War II's notorious Tule Lake concentration camp.


Series Producers

Clement J. Kong, Korshak, Kracoff, Kong & Sugano, L.L.P.
Kathryn E. Doi

Series Directors

Jeri Paik, Law Offices of Jerilyn Paik
Yoshinori H. T. Himel

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