Dale Minami

Plenary Lunch Session: Special Screening

Dale Minami is a Senior Counsel with Minami Tamaki in San Francisco specializing in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases for which he has been named one of the Top Ten Super Lawyers in Northern California each year from 2012-2018 and a Super Lawyer for each year from 2004-2019. He has been involved in significant litigation regarding the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities, including Korematsu v. United States, United Pilipinos for Affirmative Action v. California Blue Shield (the first class action employment lawsuit brought by Asian Pacific Americans for APAs), Spokane JACL v. Washington State University (a class action for APAs which established an Asian American Studies program at Washington State University), and Nakanishi v. UCLA, a claim for unfair denial of tenure which resulted in the granting of tenure.

Dale received his law degree from U.C. Berkeley and helped found the Asian Law Caucus and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. He served on both California’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and Senator Barbara Boxer’s judicial screening committee and served as Chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, appointed by President Clinton.

Dale has received awards for his work including the ABA’s Thurgood Marshall, Spirit of Excellence and ABA Medal Awards, and NAPABA’s Trailblazer Award. A dorm is named after him at UC Santa Cruz and a Public Interest Fellowship has been established under his name at Berkeley Law. He has also received Honorary Degrees from the McGeorge and the USF Schools of Law.