Dale Minami

Dale is one of our panelists at “The Impact of Slavery on American Jurisprudence and Activism” on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in San Francisco.


1619_panel_dale_minami_200pxDale Minami is a partner with Minami Tamaki in San Francisco specializing Personal Injury law for which he has been named of the Top Ten SuperLawyers in Northern California for the last 6 years and for each year from 2004 through 2018.

He has been involved in significant litigation involving 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 on behalf of APA’s), Spokane JACL v. Washington State University, (a class action on behalf of APA’s 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 after graduation, helped found the Asian Law Caucus (the first community law firm focusing on Asian Americans) and the Asian American Bar Association (the first Asian American Bar Association in the country) .

He has served on both California’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and Senator Boxer’s judicial screening committee and 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 and Spirit of Excellence Awards, NAPABA’s Trailblazer Award, a dorm named after him at UC Santa Cruz and a Public Interest Fellowship in his name at Berkeley Law.  He has been honored with the ACLU’s Civil Liberties Award, the Employment Law Center’s Matthew Tobriner Award and Honorary Degrees from the McGeorge and USF Schools of Law, among others.