This Land is Our Land: Oyama v. California

In 1934, Kajiro Oyama, a Japanese American farmer, purchased six acres of land in Chula Vista, California.  In 1937, he bought two adjacent acres.  At the time, California's Alien Land Law prohibited "aliens ineligible for American citizenship" from owning land, and under federal law, Oyama was ineligible for naturalization, even though he had been living in this country for some twenty years.  Oyama bought the land in the name of his son Fred, who was born in California.

The State of California brought an action to escheat the land to the State, on the grounds the land was purchased in Fred's name as a "fraud upon the People of the State of California."  The case would eventually reach the United States Supreme Court.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of Kajiro and Fred Oyama and the State of California through narration, reenactment of court proceedings and historic photographs.

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Registration & Networking
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Reenactment
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
200 Liberty Street
New York City

CLE credit will be offered.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact La Tonya Brooks at