Spring 2020 Advocacy Day and Meeting Scheduled for March 31 - April 2 in Washington, D.C.

Welcome JACSC members to Washington, D.C.! Our Spring 2020 JACSC business meeting will take place at the offices of AARP and the Law Offices of Hogan Lovells. The draft schedule shown here is for travel planning purposes only. A more detailed agenda will be released closer to the date of the meeting. Registration available via AARP here.

AARP Offices 601 E St NW, Deets Center, Washington, DC 20049
Hogan Lovells US LLP Columbia Square, 555 Thirteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

JACSC would like to thank AARP and Hogan Lovells for hosting the meetings.

AARP is also providing registration assistance, lunch and training.

Hogan Lovells is providing refreshments for the de-briefing sessions. 
Thank you also to the Embassy of Japan for hosting a reception. 


Thank you to the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC),

Foundation of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and Epstein Becker Green


(Updated 2/25, Subject to change, check back often)

Washington, DC 2020

March 31, Tuesday

Early morning: possible congressional leadership meeting (Pending)

10:00am to 12:00pm: JACSC Overview and Business Meeting

12:00pm to 5:00pm: Working Lunch at the offices of AARP (lunch sponsored by AARP)

  • Continue Business Meeting

  • Hill visit training and legislative updates

Evening: reception at the Old Japanese Ambassador’s Residence 

2520 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Time to be announced


April 1, Wednesday

Morning: JACSC and JACL members on Capitol Hill for visits (Note that House Democrats will be out on a retreat from Wednesday afternoon onwards.)   

Lunch: on your own on the Hill

3:00pm to 5:00pm: informal debrief on Hill visits and networking at Hogan Lovells (drinks and light snacks) (Some may still be doing hill visits)

5:00pm to 6:30pm: Legal Panel Discussion: "The Constitutionality of the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII and Present and Day Border Policies"

  • Introduction and welcome by Shirley Ann Higuchi, Chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation

  • Opening remarks by The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals

  • Moderator: Warren Maruyama, Partner, Hogan Lovells

  • Panelists:

Pratik Shah Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Shah was the lead attorney on the amicus brief in Trump v. Hawaii on behalf of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and Karen Korematsu that draws parallels from the Korematsu case in the hope that they would reject the travel ban. He will lay the groundwork for the panel discussion. 

Erica Sibley Bahnsen Associate, Epstein Becker Green

Sibley Bahnsen is working on the bi-partisan high profile lawsuit currently filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in El Paso seeking an injunction to block the emergency declaration on the border from taking effect. They are arguing that “[a] state of emergency is something that should describe an objectively demonstrable exigency that time doesn’t allow for inter-branch resolution, not merely a bothersome situation that not only has persisted for years but is diminishing, and which actually has been the subject of congressional action."


Carl Takei Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality

Carl Takei, a Tule Lake legacy, will relate his past work in prison privatization, immigration detention, and the intersection between the federal criminal justice system and immigration enforcement. 


Erika Moritsugu VP for Economic Justice, National Partnership for Women & Families

Her work as Tammy Duckworth's legislative and political strategic counsel working on Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2019 and its connection to JACSC's work and the constitutional arguments made and how those relate to the constitutional failures in 1942 that allowed for the wholesale incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. She will also talk about community-building. 

6:30pm to 7:30pm: Reception (sponsored by a grant from the DC Bar Association)


April 2, Thursday  

Morning: Hill briefing and/or administration meeting (TBA)

Lunch: on your own on the Hill

1:00pm to 3:00pm: Debriefing of visits at Hogan Lovells (drinks and light snacks) 

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