Biographical Research Center

Interview with Mari Matsuda 8/15/2002 tape 2

Interview with Harriet Bouslog biographer and retired University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa Law Professor Mari Matsuda, recorded on August 15, 2002 for Biography Hawaiʻi: Harriet Bouslog. Topics include: the reason the specter of communism was such a contentious issue in mid-20th century Hawaiʻi, the use of the Smith Act to harass and formally prosecute suspected communists in Hawaiʻi during this era, the Bouslog-Symonds law firm's role in the defense of the Smith Act defendants, the events leading up to and surrounding the In re Sawyer case as well as its significance in the history of American law, the John and Aiko Reinecke case, Bouslog's involvement in pro bono legal work, what made her an effective lawyer and her experiences as a female attorney in an era when there were few women in the legal profession.

Languages: English


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