University of Oregon

Law Library Exhibits Explore the Life of Minoru Yasui

June 2016 - May 2017

Minoru Yasui
Minoru Yasui
John E. Jaqua Law Library
William W. Knight Law Center (1515 Agate Street, Eugene), 2nd and 3rd floors
Exhibits open to the public during Law Library hours.
  • Minoru Yasui, Japanese Internment, and the Fight for Social JusticeThis exhibit explores Japanese internment during World War II, the career of Oregon Law graduate Minoru Yasui, and the importance of social justice lawyering in addressing and redressing the failures of democracy.
  • The Yasui Family of Hood River, Oregon: A look at this extraordinary family and their contributions to their community, Oregon, and United States.

Born in Hood River, Oregon, Minoru Yasui (1916–86) earned both an undergraduate degree and a law degree at the University of Oregon. Yasui was one of four Japanese Americans who fought the legality of exclusion zones, curfews, and internment during World War II all the way to the Supreme Court. His case was the first to test the constitutionality of the curfews targeted at minority groups.

The United States Supreme Court affirmed Yasui’s conviction for breaking curfew. After being interned during most of World War II, he moved to Denver, Colorado in 1944, where he had a long and distinguished career with the city's Community Relations Commission. In 1986, his criminal conviction was overturned in federal court.

Learn more by visiting this pair of exhibits in the Law Library. Check here for John E. Jaqua Law Library hours.


This event is free and open to the public. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance by calling 541-346-3056, or email

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