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Kathryn A. Bannai

Member, Board of Governors, Japanese American National Museum

Kathryn A. Bannai was the first lead attorney (from 1982 to early 1985) in Hirabayashi v. United States, an action that successfully challenged Gordon Hirabayashi’s convictions for violating military orders that imposed a curfew on and removed Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. In British Columbia she practiced law and was a human rights adjudicator. In New Jersey she conducted grievance hearings for Rutgers University. Ms. Bannai has served on the Seattle Public Safety Civil Service Commission, on the Board of Trustees for Eastern Washington University, and as President of the Seattle Area Chapter of JACL. She has a JD from University of California Hastings.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Opening Plenary with Keynote Addresses
Kathryn A. Bannai, Member, Board of Governors, Japanese American National Museum
Tammie Kanda, Corporate Communications, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
G.W. Kimura, Ph.D. (Cantab.), President & Chief Executive Officer, Japanese American National Museum
Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Alan Nishio, Board President, Little Tokyo Service Center
The Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom
Topic: General Activity