JANM Book Club: Lawyer, Jailer, Ally, Foe with Eric L. Muller

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Film & Other Media

Oct 20237
2:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90012
United States

Included in price of admission (General $16, Students/Seniors $9, Members FREE)

Join Eric L. Muller, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, for a discussion of his newest book, Lawyer, Jailer, Ally, Foe, that explores the complicity of the lawyers who helped run the WRA’s concentration camps.

Lawyer, Jailer, Ally, Foe brings to life the stories of three white lawyers with contradictory instructions—provide legal counsel to the prisoners, but keep the place running—illuminating a shameful episode of American history through imaginative narrative deeply grounded in archival evidence. What emerges is a powerful look at the day-by-day, brick-by-brick perpetration of racial injustice—not just by the system itself, but by the men struggling to do good within it.

Muller will be joined by Mia Yamamoto, criminal defense attorney and daughter of Elmer Yamamoto, a lawyer in the Poston concentration camp, to discuss the issues of justice and race that emerge from the book.

The JANM Book Club is a series of Public Programs that highlights new publications by Japanese Americans or related to Japanese American history and culture.

Lawyer, Jailer, Ally, Foe is available to purchase at the JANM Store. BUY NOW


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