Harvard Club Brownbagger: Mauna Kea and the First Amendment
Bring your guests and join us on Tuesday, March 17th for a constitutional look at a very thorny issue.
The ongoing protests relating to Mauna Kea and the TMT raise many First Amendment issues, including the responsibilities of law enforcement during mass protests, and the tools law enforcement may use in responding to such protests. And there are other recent events that raise First Amendment concerns, including the AG's recent subpoenas against KAHEA, OHA, and Hawaiian Airlines.
Our speaker, Harvard Club member Wookie Kim, is the Staff Attorney at ACLU of Hawai’i and someone well-versed on these issues. He will outline some of the basic legal principles and recent ACLU work in this area, and then offer views on aspects of the government's recent conduct.
Wookie works to defend people’s civil rights and civil liberties through litigation, lobbying, public education, and other forms of advocacy. Among the issues that Wookie works on is freedom of expression in the context of protests and other forms of political advocacy, including as they relate to the ongoing demonstrations on Mauna Kea. Before joining the ACLU of Hawai‘i, Wookie was an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Washington, D.C. Wookie is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale College. In his free time, Wookie trains for and competes in 100-mile trail races.
Lunch: Bring your own sandwich, bento, beverage, etc.