A Talk by Japanese Judge Takashi Usukura:
Differences in the U.S. & Japanese Legal Systems
DATE: Thursday, March 2, 2017
TIME: 6 -8 PM
PLACE: Hunton & Williams
600 Peachtree St., NE, #4100, Atlanta, GA 30308
Light Refreshments Served
The Hon. Takashi Usukura received his Juris Doctor degree from 一橋大学 Hitotsubashi University School of Law in 2011, and his Bachelor of Economics degree from the The University of Tokyo in 2008. He passed the National Bar Exam in Japan in 2011 and was appointed that same year to be a legal trainee by the Supreme Court of Japan.
After completing his legal training and passing the Final Qualifying Exam, Judge Usukura was appointed by the Cabinet of Japan in January 2013 to the Osaka District Court. There, he has served in the capacity of a criminal court judge from 2013 - 2014, has served as a civil judge in 2015, and has been serving as a bankruptcy judge since 2016. Additionally, he is authorized to serve as a Family Court Judge and Summary Court Judge.
Since July 2016, Judge Usukura has been on sabbatical in the State of Georgia researching both the U.S. federal and state court systems at the Superior Court of Fulton County and the U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia. At the courthouses, he has been observing trials and hearings, and interviewing judges and their staff on U.S. court proceedings. He is also conducting further studies at Georgia State University College of Law, where he has been auditing classes.
For his talk, Judge Usukura will provide an overview of the Japanese court system, and compare and contrast it with the U.S. legal systems. He will explain the differences between the District Court, Family Court and Summary Court jurisdictions in Japan.