Keith Aoki Memorial at King Hall, 26 May 2011
Friends, colleagues, students, and family of the late Professor Keith Aoki gathered at King Hall on May 26 for a memorial celebrating his life and career. The event featured heartfelt tributes from King Hall community members as well as friends and colleagues from other law schools, praise for Professor Aoki's scholarship, teaching, and skill as an artist, and stories and remembrances that invoked his playful personality and irreverent sense of humor.
Professor Aoki died April 26 following a prolonged illness. A beloved teacher and colleague and a leading scholar in the areas of intellectual property, globalization, critical race theory, and local government law, his loss was felt keenly throughout the King Hall community and beyond.
Speakers included (among others):
Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Professor Lisa Ikemoto
King Hall students Kyle Morishita '11 and Emilio Camacho '11
Steve Bender from the University of Oregon School of Law
James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins from Duke University School of Law
Neil Gotanda of Western State University College of Law
Hari Osofsky of the University of Minnesota Law School.
Professor Bender and the University of Oregon School of Law have created a trust fund on behalf of Sarah and Rachel Aoki. Those interested in making a pledge may contact Professor Bender at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UC Davis Law Review will publish a selection of tributes to Professor Aoki. Friends, colleagues, and students are invited to submit their tributes to Maytak Chin '12 at email@example.com.