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Judge Vaughn Walker to Keynote UC Hastings Law School Commencement May 15 – Plus Honorary Degrees for WWII Internees

Friday, May 6th, 2011

All the deets, below:

“The Honorable Judge Vaughn Walker to Keynote UC Hastings College of the Law Commencement448 Students Eligible to Attend; Honorary Degrees for Interned Japanese-American UC Hastings Students

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2011  – The University of California Hastings College of the Law Class of 2011 Commencement ceremony will take place Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, San Francisco, California 94102.

The Honorable Judge Vaughn R. Walker, Retired

Vaughn R. Walker became a judge in February 1990, having been nominated by President George H. W. Bush and earlier by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate.  He was a judge for the United States District Court, Northern District of California, for the past 21 years and chief judge for the past six years until his retirement in 2011.

Walker presided over 8,000 cases, more than 250 jury and bench trials and numerous settlement conferences.  He is known for his handling of complex, high-profile cases in the fields of antitrust, copyright and patent law and in cases involving disputes over securities fraud, terrorist surveillance and same-sex marriage. These cases include his August 2010 ruling holding California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional; a 2007 multi-district series of cases challenging telecommunications carriers’ alleged cooperation with the Terrorist Surveillance Program of the Bush Administration; copyright infringement cases between Apple Computer and Microsoft Corporation; and Oracle’s merger/hostile takeover of PeopleSoft, approved despite Justice Department opposition.

Honorary Degrees for Interned Japanese-American UC Hastings Students

Included in the commencement ceremony, UC Hastings will confer honorary degrees on Japanese-American students whose studies were interrupted in 1942 due to Executive Order 9066.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from their homes and communities, sent to remote internment camps across the United States, and denied all constitutional rights. Approximately 700 students enrolled at UC Hastings and other University of California campuses were among the Japanese Americans sent to internment camps.

Those who did not return to complete their education will receive the honorary degree of  Inter Silvas Academi Restituere Iustitiam (to restore justice to the groves of the academy):

–  Toshi Ando
–  Abe Megumi Fuji
–  Pearl Virginia Mayeda
–  Roy Gancho Mita
–  Kenichi Nishimoto
–  James Hiroshi Ogisaka
–  Clark Kuichi Saito (Expected to Attend)

UC Hastings also honors these students who completed their studies:

–  Victor Senjiro Abe (Class of ’42)
–  Harry Goza (Class of ’47)
–  Mamoru Sakuma (Class of ’49)

The Honorable Dennis Hayashi (Class of ’78), Superior Court Judge, County of Alameda, will give brief remarks and accept honorary degrees on behalf of students unable to attend. While serving as Staff Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, Hayashi was a co-counsel in the renowned civil rights case Fred Korematsu v. United States. Korematsu was convicted in 1942 for failing to obey World War II Japanese American internment orders. Hayashi and the legal team successfully argued to overturn Korematsu’s conviction.

More Information

Important Commencement Notes, including tickets, graduation requirements, a “Grad Day To Do” handout, and a link to the Employment Survey is available through the UCHastings website (www.uchastings.edu) in the Student Services section.

About UC Hastings College of the Law: UC Hastings is one of the top-rated and largest law schools in the United States. Its 18,000 living graduates span the globe and are among the most respected lawyers, judges and business leaders today.

Just $375 Will Get You Into the Japanese Tea Garden Come September 15th: Party for the Parks

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

And I thought $7 was too much… Anyway, the coming Party for the Parks will be:

“A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs.”

Sweet. And who might those friends be? How about them honorary co-chairs:

“Gavin Newsom, Art Agnos, Willie Brown, Frank Jordan, Dianne Feinstein (yes, DiFi!), Gina Moscone, and the Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.”

You are so totally there, for as little as $375. Or heck, just cough up some coin and become a Sponsor yourself.

See you there!

September 15, 2010
6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs. Honorary Co-Chairs are:San Francisco Parks Trust and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department,  the event includes a cocktail stroll in the Japanese Tea Garden from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  The evening continues with an Asian inspired sumptuous buffet, catered by Dan McCall in a tented redwood grove across Tea Garden Drive. Dancing featuring DJ Spider will conclude the evening.

The Honorable Gavin C. Newsom, The Honorable Art Agnos, The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., The Honorable Frank M. Jordan, The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Gina Moscone, and Consul General of Japan, The Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.

Event Co-Chairs are:

Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Ben Friend, Christine Gardner, Rebecca Green Birdsall, Lucy Hume Koukopoulos, and Cynthia B. Silverstein.

Hosted by

Patron Benefit Levels

First Families For Parks  $10,000

• Individual family recognition on-site at prime location in Golden Gate Park    
• Reserved first family seating at party                      
• 10 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
Family reception with Phil Ginsburg, General Manager RPD
Personalized bench in Golden Gate Park                    
• Membership in Park Leadership Society    

Funds raised will focus on Golden Gate Park. With over $1 billion in capital needs and an ever-declining maintenance budget, Golden Gate Park needs to plan for long-range financial sustainability and to weather near-term Park emergency needs.

Civic Leader  $5,000
• 6 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
• Opportunity to host a three hour private party in the Angler’s Lodge, Hamilton  
   Recreation  Center and Pool, Sunnyside Conservatory or Stern Grove Clubhouse

   (Trocadero)        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society      
                
Funds raised will directly impact park maintenance throughout city parks and add ‘boots on the ground’. We will focus funds on volunteer activities and the new Gardener Apprenticeship Program.

Park Hero $2,500
• 4 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert  
• Private lesson in Lawn Bowling, Horseshoes, Archery, or Model Boat Yachting by
   enthusiasts in Golden Gate Park                        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society                     
 
Funds raised will build multi-use trails throughout Golden Gate Park and throughout the City’s 4,317 acres of parkland in order to promote the health of the city and its citizens.

Park Activist  $1,250
• 2 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Outside Lands Concert                    
• 10 passes to the Carrousel in Golden Gate Park                
• Membership in Park Leadership Society   
                   
Funds raised will support our Recreation Centers, their equipment needs, and the desire of community members to keep the newly renovated, and, hopefully all Rec Centers, open during peak hours. Funds will flow to the San Francisco Parks Trust’s Gear Up Fund for these purposes.

Individual Tickets  $375