UH law professor receives national teaching award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Dec 14, 2005

HONOLULU — William S. Richardson School of Law Professor Eric Yamamoto has been named the Outstanding Law Teacher for 2005 by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), the nation‘s largest organization of law teachers. SALT recognizes Professor Yamamoto‘s innovative teaching, path-breaking social justice legal scholarship, and his special mentoring of many law students and new lawyers. Professor Yamamoto will receive this award at a dinner in his honor at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in Washington, D.C. in early January.

Professor Yamamoto‘s reputation as a renowned teacher also earned him the University of Hawaiʻi‘s 2005 Regents‘ Medal for Teaching Excellence. The faculty and students at the Law School have recognized him as the Outstanding Professor of Law four times. Outside of the classroom, Professor Yamamoto served as co-counsel in successfully reopening the infamous World War II internment case, Korematsu v. U.S., and he has been involved in reparations and reconciliation efforts nationally and internationally.

For his extensive and effective social justice efforts, Professor Yamamoto received the 1999 Justice Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society and the 1994 Korematsu Civil Rights Award. In 2003, he received the Patsy Mink Justice Award from the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaiʻi. Professor Yamamoto‘s prolific scholarship has also been nationally recognized. Selected as one of the ten best books published in the nation, Interracial Justice: Conflict and Reconciliation in Post-Civil Rights America, which explores the relationship between communities of color through race history, legal theory, social psychology, theology, and concrete stories, has been awarded the 2000 Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Books Award, recognizing outstanding books in the areas of human rights, civil rights, and social justice.

Professor Yamamoto has been teaching at the University of Hawaiʻi‘s William S. Richardson School of Law since 1985. Professor Yamamoto‘s teaching focuses on Civil Procedure; Advanced Civil Procedure; Race, Culture, and the Law; Asian Americans in the United States; and Legal Methods.

For further information about the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s William S. Richardson School of Law‘s Professor Eric Yamamoto, please contact Jamee Kunichika, Director of Alumni Relations, at (808) 956-5516.