Eric Yamamoto

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Eric Yamamoto
Nationality United States
Occupation Law Professor/Scholar
Known for Scholarship In Racial Justice: Racial Reconciliation & Redress

Eric Yamamoto, the Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice[1] at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law, is an internationally recognized[2] expert on issues of racial justice, including racial reconciliation and redress.[3][4][5][6] Flowing from the landmark Korematsu v. United States case, he is known for his work as a member of Fred Korematsu's legal team.[2][7][8][9][10]


After graduating from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1975, Yamamoto earned his JD from the University of California Berkeley, School of Law in 1978.[11]


Further information: Korematsu v. United States

Yamamoto worked on Korematsu v. United States, a landmark United States Supreme Court case that challenged the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066 during World War II which led to the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans.[2][7][8][9] As a member of Fred Korematsu's legal team, Yamamoto provided co-counsel for his coram nobis petition, successfully challenging the constitutionality of his conviction under the Order for resisting internment.[10]


Among his other writings, Yamamoto is the award-winning[12] author and coauthor of two books:

  • Interracial Justice: Conflict and Reconciliation In Post-Civil Rights America[13]
  • Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment[14]


In 2012, the Consortium of Asian-American Law Professors created a national award in Yamamoto's name, "The Professor Eric Y. Yamamoto Emerging Scholar Award," in recognition of his "exemplary scholarship in racial justice and inspiration to emerging scholars."[15][16] The award is to be granted annually to a United States law professor that is early in career who demonstrates outstanding promise.[16]

In 2006, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) awarded Yamamoto its national "Great Teacher Award," awarded annually, in recognition of both his "teaching of social justice" and for "expanding access to justice."[2][17]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Law School Professor Eric Yamamoto Awarded Fred. T. Korematsu Professorship". University of Hawaii at Manoa. April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kamisugi, Keith. "Eric Yamamoto, University of Hawaii Law Professor, Honored For Outstanding Contributions To Justice". Eric Yamamoto, University of Hawaii Law Professor, Honored For Outstanding Contributions To Justice. Equal Justice Society. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Carbado, Devon. "The Law and Economics of Critical Race Theory" (PDF). The Law and Economic of Critical Race Theory. Yale Law Journal. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kriefels, Susan (May 4, 1998). "The Attorney General Is Asked To Investigate The Destruction of Religious Shrines By Developers". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Brophy, Alfred. "The Utility and Disadvantages of Reparations". The Utility and Disadvantages of Reparations. DePaul Law Review. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Headley, Clevis (September 14, 2011). "Reparations, Hermeneutical Injustice and Disciplinary Decadence: On the Limits of Political Philosophy" (PDF). University of West Indies. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Walters, Heidi (January 26, 2012). "Dissent Remembered". North Coast Journal. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Chow, Andrew. "Landmark APA Legal Team Demands Commissioner's Ouster". Landmark APA Legal Team Demands Commissioner’s Ouster. Asian Week. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "School of Law Marks Launch of Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality". Seattle University. April 18, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Korematsu's Legal Team". Korematsu's Legal Team. Korematsu Institute. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Professor Eric Yamamoto". Professor Eric Yamamoto. William S. Richardson School of Law. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ "UH Professor's Book Wins National Award". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. December 26, 2000. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ Yamamoto, Eric (2000). Interracial Justice: Conflict and Reconciliation in Post-Civil Rights America (Critical America Series). NYU Press. p. 352. ISBN 0814796966. 
  14. ^ Yamamoto, Eric (2001). Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment. Aspen Publishers, Inc. p. 490. ISBN 0735523932. 
  15. ^ Matsushima, Tracy (February 1, 2012). "National Award Named For UH Professor". University of Hawaii. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Hawaii Law Professor Recognized By National Group". Victoria Advocate. February 12, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Teacher of the Year Award". Teacher of the Year Award. Society of American Law Teachers. Retrieved March 27, 2012.