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Highly-respected San Francisco lawyer Dale Minami from Minami Tamaki LLP will talk about his team’s successful effort in 1983 to overturn the conviction of Fred Korematsu, whose defiance of the World War II Japanese American exclusion order led to Korematsu v. United States, one of the most controversial United States Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century.
This is an opportunity to refresh our memories about the incarceration on the 75th anniversary of the Executive Order that sent 120,000 US residents of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were citizens, into prisons and learn about the story of one man’s decades-long fight against that injustice. The Korematsu cases remain highly relevant today as our nation wrestles with issues of race, ethnicity and immigration – indeed, earlier this year a Ninth Circuit Federal judge referred to the Korematsu case to raise questions about President Trump’s proposed ban on visitors from Muslim-majority countries. Mr. Minami, who was the lead lawyer in the suit to void the conviction affirmed by the 1944 Supreme Court decision, will give us a behind-the-scenes description of this significant case and the man behind it.
Dale Minami is a partner with Minami and Tamaki in San Francisco. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from USC in 1968 and received his J.D. in 1971 from the UC Berkeley. He is recognized as one of the top lawyers in Northern California as selected by Law & Politics Magazine and has been named a Super Lawyer each year (14 years), Top 100 Super Lawyers (11 years) in the Personal Injury Category and one of the Top Ten Super Lawyers (5 years) for Northern California.
Minami has also been involved in litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans, including Korematsu v. United States, United Pilipinos for Affirmative Action v. California Blue Shield (class action employment discrimination lawsuit), Spokane JACL v. Washington State University, (class action to establish an Asian American Studies program) and Nakanishi v. UCLA (challenge to unfair tenure denial). He also co-founded the Asian Law Caucus, the Asian American Bar Association and the Minami, Tamaki, Yamauchi Kwok and Lee Foundation. Minami is the recipient of the ABA’s Thurgood Marshall and Spirit of Excellence Awards, among other awards.
Light appetizers and drinks provided.