Keker & Van Nest reports that the “annual Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship Dinner honors alumni and leaders such as Keker & Van Nest Partner Quyen Ta, who have made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal community.
Ms. Ta, who received the alumni award in 2013, holds numerous leadership positions in minority bar and non-profit organizations such as the Asian Law Caucus, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In 2012, the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) chose Ms. Ta for its Award of Merit in recognition of her work as BASF’s Equality Committee Co-Chair. Ms. Ta also served as a BASF board member and a Minority Bar Coalition Representative. She previously contributed to BASF’s new attorney division, and served as a Diversity Director and board member of its Barristers Club. In addition to working with diversity organizations and committees, she also serves on the California State Bar Committee on Federal Courts.”
According to Wikipedia, “Dale Minami (born October 13, 1946) is a San Francisco-based lawyer best known for heading the legal team that overturned the wrongful conviction of Fred Korematsu, whose defiance of the World War II Japanese American internment order lead to Korematsu v. United States, one of the most controversial United States Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century.
Biography and career
Minami was born in Los Angeles, California, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1968 from the University of Southern California, and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1971 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
Minami’s cases have often involved the civil rights of Asian-Pacific Americans and other minorities. In the early 1980s, Minami helped lead a legal team of pro bono attorneys in successfully reopening Fred Toyasaburo Korematsu v. United States, resulting in the erasure of Fred Korematsu’s criminal conviction for defying the internment. United Pilipinos for Affirmative Action v. California Blue Shield was the first employment class action lawsuit brought by Asian-Pacific Americans on behalf of Asian-Pacific Americans. Spokane JACL v. Washington State University was a class action to establish an Asian American Studies program at Washington State University. Nakanishi v. UCLA involved a claim for unfair denial of tenure that resulted in the granting of tenure after several hearing and widespread publicity over discrimination in academia.
Minami has been involved in the judicial appointment process and in public policy and legislation. He served as a member of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission and has chaired the California Attorney General‘s Asian Pacific Advisory Committee. He has also served as a Commissioner on the California State Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Nominee’s Evaluation, Senator Barbara Boxer‘s Judicial Screening Committee and was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund in 1996.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Minami