Frank Fujio Chuman'45 will be the special guest of the law school from Monday, October 16, 2005 to Wednesday, October 18, 2005. Mr. Chuman is the School of Law's first Asian American graduate and the author of The Bamboo People: The Law and Japanese-Americans.
As part of Mr. Chuman's visit, the School of Law will screen the film From 9066 to 9/11 and excerpts of Rabbit in the Moon a film depicting Japanese-American internment during World War II. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion led by Mr. Chuman and Professor Taunya Lovell Banks. The screening and discussion will take place October 18th at 12:10pm in Room 107.
Born in Montecito, California Mr. Chuman enrolled at the University of Southern California as a law student in 1940 after earning an undergraduate degree from UCLA. In March, 1942 the infamous Federal Executive Order No.9066 forced him to leave school and enter the Manzanar Relocation Center, with 10,000 other Japanese-Americans. Through the sponsorship of the American Friends Committee, Chuman left Manzanar in the fall of 1943 to continue law school, first in Ohio, and then at the University of Maryland where he graduated in March, 1945.
Chuman's legal career has spanned seven decades, including representing multi-national corporations of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Canada in immigration and corporate matters. He has had assignments as Judge Pro Tem in Municipal and Superior Court in Los Angeles County. He is the author of the book, The Bamboo People: The Law and Japanese-Americans, (1971), the definitive written work on the Japanese –Americans' resilience in the face of powerful anti-Asian laws. Chuman has been honored by the UCLA Alumni Association; the Foreign Minister of Japan; the National Council Boy Scouts of America; and, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
During his visit to the law school, Mr. Chuman will address students, alumni, faculty, and members of the bar formally and informally. On Tuesday evening, October 18, 2005 Dean Karen Rothenberg will present him with the University of Maryland Distinguished Alumni award. Amongst the special guests joining the law school that evening will be keynote speaker, Michael Chu, President of the National Asian Pacific Bar Association; members of the Maryland and Washington D.C. Asian Pacific Bar Associations; members of The National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium; and, members of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, University of Maryland School of Law Chapter.