Yamamoto, Eric K.


Eric K. Yamamoto is an award-winning, internationally-recognized law professor at the University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law. He is known for his legal work and scholarship on racial justice, with an emphasis on redress for historic injustice. He also specializes in civil procedure and complex litigation. For his teaching, mentoring, scholarship and justice work, in April 2012, he was appointed to a prestigious new professorship: The Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice. Professor Yamamoto has received eight outstanding law teaching awards, including the University of Hawai'i's highest award the 2005 Regents Medal for Teaching Excellence and the Society of American Law Teachers' nation-wide award as Outstanding Law Teacher for 2006. In 2012 the Consortium of Asian Pacific American Law Professors established the annual “Professor Eric Yamamoto Emerging Scholar Award” to be bestowed each year upon a most promising legal scholar. Professor Yamamoto has also received awards for his work on civil rights and social justice -- most recently the 2009 American Board of Trial Lawyers “Ha`heo” Award (outstanding community law service); the 2008 “American Courage Award” from the Asian American Justice Center (civil rights consortium); the Equal Justice Society's 2007 inaugural “Scholar Advocate Award;” the Japanese American Citizens League - Honolulu's 2006 “Distinguished Public Service Award” (with Chris Iijima); and the 2004 Consumer Lawyers “Patsy Mink Social Justice Award.”


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