Wednesday, September 25, 2013

          Mamoru Sakuma '49 Inducted Posthumously to Oroville Hall of Fame

          During his career, Sakuma blazed the path for Asian-American lawyers and judges. As a lawyer, he tried more than 400 bench cases, argued before the California and United States supreme courts, and mentored numerous young attorneys. He also helped usher in reforms in the grand jury selection process.
          Mamoru Sakuma '49

          Mamoru Sakuma '49

          Mamoru Sakuma '49 went on from Oroville to become an attorney and pave the way for other Asian-Americans to become judges. He is one of three people who will be inducted posthumously into the Oroville Union High School District Hall of Fame on Sept. 28.

          He started his long and distinguished career in the legal profession in 1950 in Sacramento.

          From 1950 to 1963, Sakuma, a legal pioneer in Sacramento, was in private practice and described by his peers as a skilled trial lawyer. He was reportedly only the second Asian-American lawyer to open a private practice in Sacramento.

          In 1963, then-Gov. Pat Brown appointed him as judge in the Sacramento Municipal Court and a year later as a superior court judge. He served as judge in the higher court for 21 years before retiring to private practice in 1985. He then practiced law another 20 years before formally retiring in 2005, ending his storied 55-year career as a trial lawyer and judge.

          During his career, Sakuma blazed the path for Asian-American lawyers and judges. As a lawyer, he tried more than 400 bench cases, argued before the California and United States supreme courts, and mentored numerous young attorneys. He also helped usher in reforms in the grand jury selection process.

          Sakuma died on Jan. 29, 2011, at age 92. For 14 days, flags at all court facilities in Sacramento flew at half-mast.

          Read the full story in the Oroville Mercury-Register.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Wednesday, September 28, 2016

          UC Hastings Visiting Scholar Professor Chen Taihe Fights for Human Rights and the Jury System

          After suffering detention in his homeland of China during the infamous “709 Crackdown,” Professor Chen hopes to start anew in the U.S. and prove that the American jury system is one of the best in the world.
          Monday, September 26, 2016

          New Faculty: Welcoming Nationally-Renowned Health Law Scholar Tim Greaney

          Greaney is co-author of the nation’s leading health law casebook, as well as a treatise and hornbook on health law. He has also published over 60 articles and chapters concerning antitrust law and health care law and policy, is regularly cited in the media, and has testified as an authority in these areas before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Senate.
          Thursday, September 22, 2016

          Mascot Tryouts?

          After 138 years of teaching law and producing first-class legal scholarship, we began to wonder if perhaps we are just a little too focused. Maybe we should look a little more like other institutions, with athletics programs and school mascots?
          Thursday, September 22, 2016

          Race and Policing Panel at UC Hastings

          Panel includes San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, SFPD Interim Chief Toney Chaplin, UC Berkeley Prof. Nikki Jones, Former Director of the DOJ’s Community Service Relations Service Grande Lum, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, and UC Hastings Prof. Hadar Aviram.
          Wednesday, September 21, 2016

          Why Mozilla’s Head of Social Strategy Is Getting a Law Degree at UC Hastings

          Maura Tuohy enrolled in the MSL for Business and Technology Professionals to help forge an ethical future for tech.
          Go to News Archive