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Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio - A Trial Reenactment
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When: 12/7/2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: New York City Bar Association
House of the Association
42 West 44th Street
New York, New York 
United States

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6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM Introductory Remarks/Performance
7:45 PM Talkback (Q&A)
8:00 PM Reception

CLE Credit: 1.5 professional credits
This live program provides transitional/non-transitional credit to all attorneys.

NYC Bar, AABANY Member: No Fee.
AABANY Members: Click here to register.

Nonmember: $20.
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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 is a collaboration between the New York City Bar Association and the Asian American Bar Association of New York and will feature members from both associations in the cast to tell the story of the Wards Cove workers through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs.

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) | The Asian American Bar Association of New York was formed in 1989 as a not-for-profit corporation to represent the interests of New York Asian American attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, paralegals and law students. The mission of AABANY is to improve the study and practice of law, and the fair administration of justice for all by ensuring the meaningful participation of Asian Americans in the legal profession. AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.

The New York City Bar Association | The New York City Bar Association, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the legal profession, promoting reform of the law and access to justice, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association, through its 24,000 members, continues to work for political, legal and social reform while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public's welfare remains one of the Association's highest priorities. The Association's Office for Diversity and Inclusion works with New York City legal employers to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments.

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