Camden M. Hall papers, 1956-2014  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hall, Camden M.
Title
Camden M. Hall papers
Dates
1956-2014 (bulk)
Quantity
11.15 cubic feet (11 boxes plus 1 vertical file)
Collection Number
5503
Summary
Case files and political ephemera of attorney Camden M. Hall
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Attorney Camden Hall was born in Seattle in 1940. He received a BA in 1962 and a JD in 1965 from the University of Washington, where he was president of the Young Republicans Club. Hall served as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Seattle Municipal Court from 1971 - 1975, and in the King County Superior Court from 1988 - 1997. He was a member of the firm Foster, Pepper & Shefelman PLLC from 1970 - 2002, after which he opened his own practice.

As an attorney and counselor at law in Seattle, Hall has reported on many significant cases including, Hirabayashi v. United States, Seattle Times Company v. Ishikawa, Rosenberg v. Seattle Art Museum, Hoppe v. The Hearst Corporation, Seattle School District No 1 v. State of Washington, Washington Public Power Supply System Secuities Litigations, Citizens against Mandatory Busing v. Palmason, and more.

In the 1980s, Hall served on the Seattle Coram Nobis "writ of error" legal team that challenged the 1943 wartime convictions of the Japanese-American Gordon K. Hirabayashi for violations of curfew and exclusion orders of the United States government.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials include Legal briefs, correspondence, news releases, letterhead, notes, and a research paper.

Camden Hall's files on Hirabayashi v. United States, including an inscribed copy of Gordon Hirabayashi’s 1985 lecture, "Good Times, Bad Times: Idealism is Realism," as well as annotated editions books used by Hall's legal team and clippings and articles, related to Hirabayashi and other Japanese Internment cases, through 2005.

Case Files from Camden M. Hall law offices, including pleadings, exhibits, reporter subpoenas, finding of facts, conclusions of law, judgments, and news articles related to the following cases: Rosenberg v. Seattle Art Museum, Adams v. Burlington Northern Railroad (and related cases), Hoppe v. The Hearst Corporation, Washington Public Power Supply System Litigations (WPPSS), and Seattle School District No 1 v. State of Washington. Also includes ephemera, newsclippings, correspondence related to the 25th Anniversary of US v. Hirabayashi Conference in 2012; and political ephemera from the 1950s and 1960s, at both the national and Washington state level

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 5503-001: Camden M. Hall case files on Hirabayashi v. United Statesand other materials, Return to Top

5.45 cubic feet (6 boxes) plus 1 vertical file

Scope and Content: This accession consists of Camden Hall's files on Hirabayashi v. United States and includes an inscribed copy of Gordon Hirabayashi’s 1985 lecture, "Good Times, Bad Times: Idealism is Realism," as well as annotated editions of the following books, used by Hall's legal team: Justice Delayededited by Peter Irons (with an note to Hall from Barry Garfinkel), Justice at Warby Peter Irons, Personal Justice Denied(a Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians), and a government publication, Japanese-American and Aleutian Wartime Relocation. Camden Hall also collected clippings and articles, related to Hirabayashi and other Japanese Internment cases, through 2005. Another portion of the materials, unrelated to Hirabayashi, is comprised of political ephemera from the 1950s and 1960s, at both the national and Washington state level.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: The creators' literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Camden Hall, 08/09/2007

Processing Info: Minimally processed.

Processing Info:

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Accession
1 5503-001
Hirabayashi case files
Scope and Content: Includes the publication, Good Times, Bad Times: Idealism is Realismby Gordon K. Hirabayashi (inscribed).
2 5503-001
Hirabayashi case files
Scope and Content: Includes FBI files for Ken (Kentaro) Nakazawa.
3 5503-001
Hirabayashi case files
4 5503-001
Hirabayashi case files
5 5503-001
Hirabayashi case files and articles on Japanese-American internment
Scope and Content: Includes the titles:
  • Japanese-American and Aleutian wartime relocation: hearing before the Subcommittee on Administrative Law and Governmental Relations of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Ninety-eighth Congress, second session, on H.R. 3387 ... H.R. 4110 ... H.R. 4322 ... June 20, 21, 27, and September 12, 1984published by the House Committee on the Judiciary, of the United States Congress.
  • Personal justice deniedpublished by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (1983)
  • Justice at warby Peter Irons (1983)
  • Justice delayed: the record of the Japanese American internment casesedited by Peter Irons (1989)
VF:oversize
Vertical file 5503-001
Certificates of appreciation from Gordon Hirabayashi legal team
Box
6 5503-001
Political ephemera -- local and national
1950s - 1960s

Accession No. 5503-002: Camden M. Hall papers, 1979-2014Return to Top

4.56 cubic feet (4 boxes)

Scope and Content: Case Files from Camden M. Hall law offices. Includes pleadings, exhibits, reporter subpoenas, finding of facts, conclusions of law, judgments, and news articles related to the following cases:

Rosenberg v. Seattle Art Museum: "L'Odalisque" painted by Henri Matisse in 1928, was purchased by Virginia and Prentice Bloedel from the Knoedler Gallery in 1954. In 1991, the Bloedels gifted the painting to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). "L'Odalisque" was later found to have been stolen from French art collector, Paul Rosenberg, by German Nazis during World War II. Rosenberg's heirs, including Elaine Rosenberg, discovered the whereabouts of "L'Odalisque" and filed suit against the SAM for its return. The museum, in turn, sued the Knoedler Gallery for breach of title, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation. SAM claimed that the Knoedler Gallery defrauded the Bloedels when it sold them the painting in 1954, by lying to them about the provenance, or chain of title. SAM presented evidence that the Knoedler Gallery knew that the painting belonged to Rosenberg, but assured the Bloedels that the Gallery had a legal and accurate title to the painting. The Knoedler Gallery argued that SAM could not prove this claim and that if this claim were to be dismissed, all other claims should also be dismissed because the Court would lack personal jurisdiction over Knoedler. SAM originally refused to return the painting to the Rosenbergs. Eventually though, they agreed that the Rosenberg heirs were the rightful owners of the painting and returned the work to them.

Adams v. Burlington Northern Railroad (and related cases): Adams v. Burlington N. R, as well as Schickler & Noparstak v. Burlington N. R, Guardian v. Burlington N.R, and Ellenson v. Burlington N.R. all arose from the effort of bondholders to enforce "gold clauses" in railroad bonds issued almost a century ago. A "gold clause" requires payment of the bond's obligation in gold dollars valued at the time the obligation was undertaken. In 1933, Congress rendered such "gold clauses" unenforceable, but permitted them again in 1977.The issues presented regarded whether the 1977 legislation revived these ancient "gold clauses" and whether various actions of the parties created new, post-977 obligations payable in gold. The court determined that neither situation warranted the payments. The bondholders brought a class action to force the Burlington N.R. to pay the interest and principal of its gold bonds, issues in 1896 and 1921, in gold coin. Class representative, Guy Adams, appealed the district court's dismissal of the action. Due to the identity of issues in this case and Adams v. CSX Transportation Inc, an appeal from the district court's dismissal of a class action to enforce the "gold clauses" in CSX Transportation bonds, the court consolidated the cases for their opinion. In all cases, the court affirmed the decision of the district courts and denied the bondholders payment.

Hoppe v. The Hearst Corporation: A columnist for the Seattle Post Intelligencer wrote a satirical article that portrayed a local public official negatively. The article referred to the official as "Herley Herpes" and suggested that the official may have misappropriated public funds. The public official soon brought suit against the columnist and the company which owned the newspaper (The Hearst Corporation) for defamation, outrage, false light invasion or privacy, and intentional or negligent infliction of emotional stress. The court dismissed the case on the following grounds: (1) the use of he term "hurley Herpes" in reference to the official could not reasonably be interpreted as factual assertion that the official had herpes; (2) speculation in column as to whether the official has misappropriated public funds could not reasonably be interpreted as implying assertion of undisclosed defamatory facts; (3) it was not shown that the columnist had acted with actual malice.

Washington Public Power Supply System Litigations (WPPSS) : WPPSS issued $2.25 billion dollars in municipal bonds to finance the construction of two nuclear power plants (Projects 4 and 5). Serious problems led to the eventual termination of the projects and subsequently to the default by WPPSS on its bond obligations. In creating the WPPSS bond offerings, the utilities participating in the construction of the nuclear power plants entered into agreements which provided that they would repay the bonds, regardless of whether the plants were completed. This multidistrict litigation was the consolidation of various cases made in connection with the bond default, including Chemical Bank (bond fund trustee) and individuals. Plaintiffs in this litigation sought relief, in part based on alleged misrepresentations regarding the ability and willingness of WPPSS and individual members of WPPSS to pay the bond debts. In connection with the WPPSS litigations, Haberman v. WPPSS involved various bond holders claims against WPPSS and others for injuries resulting from WPPSS default on the revenue bonds. The trial dismissed all bondholders claims.

Seattle School District No 1 v. State of Washington: This lawsuit held that the State Constitution requires the funding of basic common school education as the "paramount duty" of the state. School District No 1, parents of children enrolled in the district schools, and children enrolled in the schools brought suit against the State of Washington, and various state officials, to seek a declaration that the State's reliance on special excess levy funding for discharging its duty to provide for the education of the district children was unconstitutional. The court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs (School District, parents, and students). After various appeals, the court confirmed the judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. This case provided the foundation for McCleary v. State of Washington, a similar school funding litigation case.

Also includes documents (ephemera, newsclippings, correspondence) related to the 25th Anniversary of US v. Hirabayashi Conference in 2012.

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Info: Camden M. Hall, 2016-04-12 ; 2016-07-11

Container(s) Description Dates
Series 1: Rosenberg v. The Seattle Art Museum
1998-2000
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 1-39)
1998-2000
1/2 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 40-66)
1998-2000
1/3 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 67-94)
1998-2000
1/4 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 95-120)
1998-2000
1/5 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 121-132)
1998-2000
1/6 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 133-148)
1998-2000
1/7 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Misc. Pleadings and Exhibits)
1998-2000
1/8 5503-002
Misc. Pleadings
1998-2000
2/1 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 1-27)
1998-2000
2/2 5503-002
Request to Admit
1998-2000
2/3 5503-002
Certificate of Service
1998-2000
2/4 5503-002
Bates Numbered Documents
1998-2000
Series 2: Gold Bond Holders Cases
1993-1996
Subseries 1: Adams v. CSX Transportation Inc.
1993-1996
Box/Folder Accession
2/5 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 1-7)
1993-1996
2/6 5503-002
Class Action Complaint
1993
Subseries 2: Adams v. Burlington Northern Railroad
1993-1994
Box/Folder Accession
2/7 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 1-2)
1994
2/8 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 1-5)
1993-1994
2/9 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits (Tabs 1-19)
1993-1994
2/10 5503-002
Drafts
1993-1994
Subseries 3: Schickler & Noparstak v. Burlington Northern Railroad
1989-1990
Box/Folder Accession
2/11 5503-002
Photocopies
1989-1990
Subseries 4: Guardian Life Insurance v. Burlington Northern Railroad
1988
Box/Folder Accession
2/12 5503-002
Drafts
1988
Subseries 5: Ellenson v. Burlington Northern Railroad
1987
Box/Folder Accession
3/6 5503-002
Reporter Subpoenas
1987
Series 3: Hoppe v. The Hearst Corporation (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
1983-1987
Box/Folder Accession
2/13 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibit Copies
1983-1987
2/14 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibit Copies
1983-1987
3/1 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibit Copies
1983-1987
3/2 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibit Copies
1983-1987
3/3 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibit Copies
1983-1987
3/4 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibit Copies
1983-1987
3/5 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibit Copies
1983-1987
Series 4: National Union Fire Insurance v. Seafirst Corporation
1987
Box/Folder Accession
3/7 5503-002
Reporter Subpoenas
1987
Series 5: Washington Public Power Supply System Securities Litigation
1988-2000
Box/Folder Accession
4/1 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits
1988
4/2 5503-002
Pleadings and Exhibits
1995
4/3 5503-002
Stipulation and Agreement of Compromise
1988
4/4 5503-002
Notice of Hearing for Recovery of Tax Claims
1996-2000
Series 6: Seattle School District No 1 v. State of Washington
1977
Box/Folder Accession
4/5 5503-002
Verbatim Report of Proceedings (Vol. 1)
1977
4/6 5503-002
Verbatim Report of Proceedings (Vol. 2)
1977
4/7 5503-002
Verbatim Report of Proceedings (Vol. 3)
1977
4/8 5503-002
Finding of Fact and Conclusion of Law
1977
4/9 5503-002
Judgement
1976-1979
4/10 5503-002
Memorandum Opinion
1977
4/11 5503-002
"School Finance Litigation in Washington: Success not Limited by the Boundaries of District, State, and Time" by Rebecca Morrow
Undated
Series 7: McCleary v. State of Washington
2012-2014
Box/Folder Accession
4/12 5503-002
Joint Select Committee Report of Article IX Litigation
2012
4/13 5503-002
Supreme Court Orders
2012-2014
4/14 5503-002
Washington Response to Court Order
2014
4/15 5503-002
Finding of Fact and Conclusion of Law
2010-2014
4/16 5503-002
Printed News Articles
2010-2014
Series 8: 25th Anniversary of U.S. vs. Hirabayashi
2010-2014
Box/Folder Accession
4/17 5503-002
Conference Materials
2010-2011
4/18 5503-002
Conference Materials
2012
4/19 5503-002
Conference Materials
2012
4/20 5503-002
Correspondence
2012
4/21 5503-002
Newsclippings
2010-2014

Accession No. 5503-003: Camden M. Hall papers addition, 1963-1973Return to Top

1.14 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: Legal briefs, correspondence, news releases, letterhead, notes, and a research paper.

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Info: Donor: Camden Hall, July 2018.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Accession
1 5503-003
Bayley and Hall letterhead
circa 1963
1 5503-003
State of Washington v. Hearst Corporation: Statement of Facts
1972
1 5503-003
Seattle Times Company v. Tielsch: Statement of Case, Assignment of Error, Summary of Argument (includes correspondence)
1971
1 5503-003
Seattle Times Company v. Tielsch: legal briefs
undated
1 5503-003
News releases and correspondence from the office of Attorney General Slade Gorton (about gambling)
1969-1973
1 5503-003
Seattle Times Company v. Tielsch: legal documents and correspondence
1970-1972
1 5503-003
Seattle Times Company v. Tielsch: Statement of Facts
1971
1 5503-003
State of Washington v. Hearst Corporation, State of Washington v. Junker, State of Washington v. Radio Station KJR, Washington State v. Kaye-Smith Enterprises: legal documents, memorandum, correspondence
1972
1 5503-003
"The Future of Present State Problems Project 1965" by Christopher T. Bayley, Camden M. Hall, and John H. Hauberg Jr.
1963
1 5503-003
"The Future of Present State Problems Project 1965" (fragments)
1963
1 5503-003
Notes about "The Future of Present State Problems Project 1965"
circa 1963

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Judges--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Lawyers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Trials--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Hall, Camden M.--Archives
  • Hirabayashi, Gordon K.--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Corporate Names :
  • BNSF Railway--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Hearst Corporation--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Seattle Art Museum--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Seattle Public Schools--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Washington Public Power Supply System--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Geographical Names :
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government
  • Washington (State)--Trials, litigation, etc