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Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio
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When: 5/12/2015
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
New York, New York 
United States
Presenter: One World Financial Center, 200 Liberty Street

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Co-hosted by:

Cadwalader Alumni Network
Center for Diversity & Inclusion

In this reenactment of a landmark employment discrimination case, we examine the proceedings that led to the Supreme Court’s decision in Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio.Asian Pacific Americans have been a part of the salmon canning industry in Alaska since the late 1800s. Starting in the 1920s, Filipinos became a main work force in the Alaskan canneries, where they were relegated to fish house jobs, working long hours in poor conditions for low pay.In the 1970s, led by Filipino activists, the workers organized and filed three class actions, including Wards Cove.After a lengthy trial and multiple proceedings before the Ninth Circuit, the case reached the United States Supreme Court in 1989.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of the Wards Cove workers through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs.

5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. - Registration & Networking
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Reenactment
7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Wine Tasting Reception

NY CLE credit will be offered.

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