The Sho Sato Program in Japanese and US Law established an exchange program in 1999 with the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) to give Japanese attorneys engaged in public-interest activities the opportunity to spend a one-year residence of study and research at UC Berkeley. Former fellows have explored the topics of criminal law and criminal procedure in the United States; human rights protection; the cooperative relationship between private assistance organizations and lawyers for crime victims; attorney advocacy and issues of mental health care and assistance for crime victims; the practice of information disclosure; and the theory and practice of privacy.
The JFBA also has exchange agreements with New York University and the University of Illinois.
10th Anniversary Conference
In May 2010, the Sho Sato Program and the JFBA held an invitational conference in Tokyo, Japan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the JFBA Visiting Fellow Program. To learn more about the conference, click here.
US Correctional Treatment Systems and Practices with a Concentration on Death-Row and/Long-Term Inmates
Criminal Trial Advocacy and the Practice of the Defense Counsel in the United States
Improving Defense Practice and Theory in Death Penalty Cases, and Developing Strategies to Achieve the Abolition of the Death Penalty
The Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the United States
The Employment and Labor Law System for Gender Equality in the United States
The State of Biodiversity Conservation in the United States, with a Focus on the Effectiveness and Legal Framework of Biodiversity Offset and Its Possible Application in Japan
The US Immigration System: Legalizing the Stay of Undocumented Migrants in the United States
The Eradication of Organized Crime in the United States and an Examination of the Witness Protection Program
The Rights of Sick and Injured Children in Medical Institutions
Treatment and Rehabilitation Countermeasures for Juvenile Crime in the United States
The Cooperative Relationship Between Private Assistance Organizations and Lawyers for Crime Victims; and Attorney Advocacy and Issues of Mental Health Care Assistance for Crime Victims
Information Disclosure and Privacy in the United States
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure in the United States
Challenges to Legal Services Delivery in Rural California
Countermeasures against Organized Crime in the United States
A Comparison of Legal Aid in Japan and the United States
Trial Advocacy for Saiban-in System
Judicial Assistance to Developing Countries and Legal Clinic
Training of Defense Lawyer in Japan