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(Free Virtual Program) When Citizenship Depended on Race

Friday, May 19, 2023
1:00 pm
- 2:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

FREE Virtual Program
1 hour Illinois CLE

Friday, May 19, 2023
1:00-2:00 pm

Until the mid-20th century, the United States restricted citizenship based on race, effectively barring Asian American immigrants from becoming citizens.  More than 50 people tried challenging this law, including three Asian Americans who took their cases to the United States Supreme Court 100 years ago.

During this webinar program, historians and practicing lawyers will discuss the history of these cases, the consequences for people who should have been the first Asian American lawyers in the United States, and how the naturalization laws changed after World War II.


Hardeep Dhillon

Hardeep Dhillon
Assistant Professor of History
University of Pennsylvania (Beginning Fall 2023)

Sherally Munshi

Sherally Munshi
Professor of Law
Georgetown Law School

Stephen Chahn Lee

Stephen Lee
Former Federal Prosecutor and Journalist in Chicago

Susan Akina

Susan Akina
Immigration Lawyer in Hawaii

Elizabeth Tanaka.1

Elizabeth Tanaka
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law


Friday, May 19, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Chicago, IL United States
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