UH Law School to Award First Annual Patsy Mink Legislative Fellowship During Tribute to the Late Congresswoman's Legacy

UH Manoa law student will spend summer interning in Washington, D.C.

University of Hawaiʻi
Kate Wester, (808) 956-9095
Tania Cruz, (808) 384-7851
William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Mar 5, 2003

The legacy of Patsy Mink‘s spirit and dedication will be honored at UH Mānoa‘s William S. Richardson School of Law on Thursday, March 13, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. in the Moot Court room. The tribute, entitled "Peace, Civil Liberties and Justice After September 11," will feature keynote speaker John Trasvina, Stanford Law Professor and former Special Council for Immigration at the U.S. Justice Department. Trasvina will discuss the impact Mink‘s resounding voice had throughout Hawai'i and the nation during her 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Trasvina will also examine the Patriot Act as well as other recently passed legislation and the implications it will have on civil liberties of Americans and immigrants.

"Professor Trasvina's talk [about the implications of the new Patriot Act and its effect on civil rights and immigration] is timely as the University is in the midst of complying with the controversial new regulations relating to international students and visitors," said UH Law School Dean Larry Foster. "It is also appropriate for Hawai'i in light of the experience of our local Japanese-American population during World War II."

Following the lecture, the first annual Pasty Mink Legislative Fellowship will be awarded to a UH Mānoa law student embodying the spirit and commitment of Mink. The fellowship provides an annual $3,000 stipend and the chance to spend the summer living and working for one of the state‘s senators or congressmen. The first winner will work as a legislative intern for U.S. Congressman Ed Case.

The lecture and fellowship are sponsored by the Hawai'i Democratic Party, Korean American Bar Association Student Chapter, Professional Image, The UH Commission on the Status of Women, The Auto Doctor, Brook Hart Esq., and The Asian Pacific Law and Policy Journal.