AEF Announces Winner of 2018 Robert T. Matsui Writing Competition and Expands Eligibility for the 2019 Competition

January 8, 2019


Washington, D.C. –  The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) announced that Kaelyne Yumul Wietelman, a student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, has won the 2018 Robert T. Matsui Writing Competition.

Wietelman’s article, “Disarming Jackson’s (Re)Loaded Weapon: How Trump v. Hawaii Reincarnated Korematsu and How They Can Be Overruled,” examines the recent Supreme Court decision, Trump v. Hawaii, which upheld the Trump administration’s so-called “travel ban”—the suspension of visas to applicants from certain countries—in the context of the World War II-era Supreme Court decision in Korematsu v. United States.  The piece discusses parallels between Trump v. Hawaii and Korematsu and argues that Trump v. Hawaii was wrongly decided as antithetical to other Supreme Court precedents, the Non-Detention Act, and various official declarations of apology for the internment camps at issue in Korematsu.  As the winner of this year’s competition, Wietelman will receive a monetary award, and her article will be published by the UCLA School of Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Journal, subject to the journal’s standard editing process and copyright policy.

The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments.  A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Hastings College of Law, Congressman Matsui was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 from Sacramento, California.  He won re-election thirteen times.  He was a strong supporter of AEF, serving as the keynote speaker for the Annual Benefit Dinner in 1997 and again in 2003.

AEF is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Competition on its website.  Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 1, 2019.  All current law students and anyone who graduated from law school within the last five years are eligible for the 2019 Competition.  “We seek to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community, and we are excited to expand the eligibility requirements to allow recent graduates to submit their pieces,” said David Yin, Chair of the Matsui Writing Competition Committee of AEF.  “We hope that the Matsui Writing Competition encourages publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.”

AEF is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area in 1993 to engage exclusively in charitable and educational activities.  Funding for AEF comes from generous donations from national corporations, law firms, individuals, and the Annual Benefit Dinner.  The 2019 AEF Benefit Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  For more information on AEF, visit