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Firm Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Korematsu Center Supporting Challenge to Terrorist Watchlist in Fourth Circuit

June 3, 2020

On Tuesday, June 2, the Firm proudly filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief was filed in a lawsuit challenging the Terrorist Screening Database (“TSDB”), a federal government watchlist. Plaintiffs are a group comprising mostly of Arab and Muslim Americans whose freedom of movement is significantly curtailed as a result of being listed on the TSDB, despite the fact that there is no verifiable or credible link connecting them to terrorism. The brief focuses on Mitsuye Endo, who—along with Fred T. Korematsu and Gordon K. Hirabayashi—challenged the federal government’s actions towards Japanese Americans during World War II in the Supreme Court. It highlights the parallels between the historical injustice committed against Japanese Americans during World War II, on the one hand, and Arab and Muslim Americans during the “War on Terror,” on the other. 

To read press on the brief, click here.

To read the brief, click here.