July 15, 2022
Amy T. Brooks, in her capacity as a member of the board of managers of Haverford College and clerk of Haverford College Corp., welcomed Dr. Karen Korematsu, this year’s honorary degree recipient of Haverford College.
Dr. Korematsu is the daughter of Fred Korematsu of Korematsu v. United States. Fred Korematsu appealed his conviction for resisting being sent to a Japanese internment camp during WWII all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Korematsu was a meaningful person for Brooks to meet because in 1944, her great-grandfather, Harold Evans, was the attorney who argued Gordan Hirabayashi’s Japanese internment case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Hirabayashi v. United States case was a companion case to Korematsu. Both cases initially lost in the Supreme Court but were ultimately victorious in the 1980s when the convictions were vacated.
Dr. Korematsu is the executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute that she founded whose mission is to advance racial equity, social justice and human rights for all.
Brooks is a decades-long member of the school law bar in Pennsylvania. She advises schools regarding special education compliance, student records and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), issues of risk management, matters of child abuse and reporting under the Child Protective Services Law, Homelessness under the McKinney Vento Act, sexual harassment and gender equity involving Title IX and bullying and harassment investigations under Pennsylvania’s Anti-Bullying Law.
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