The Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee (MTYKL) Foundation and the AABA Law Foundation have launched a new scholarship for law students in remembrance of Garrick S. Lew, who passed away March 19, 2016, after a distinguished career as one of the Bay Area’s top criminal defense attorneys.
The Garrick S. Lew Scholarship awards $10,000 to a third-year law student committed to a criminal defense practice after graduation. The scholarship is funded through a grant from the MTYKL Foundation’s Garrick S. Lew Legacy Fund to the AABA Law Foundation, which administers the scholarship and selects the recipients.
UPDATE: The AABA Law Foundation awarded the first Garrick S. Lew Scholarship to Christopher Gueco of U.C. Hastings College of the Law.
SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 7, 2017) – Ten Bay Area and Washington, DC. nonprofit organizations have received a total of $200,000 to date from the MTYKL Foundation, which was founded by five San Francisco lawyers in 2014.
The grants are part of the foundation’s Immigrant Rights Initiative and support programs aimed at women and children detainees; immigrant rights fellowships; research on implicit bias; labor trafficking; and education, legislation, and media campaigns to change hearts and minds and reform policy.
The following organizations each received $20,000 from the MTYKL Foundation’s Immigrant Rights Initiative:
- American Immigration Council, Washington, D.C.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco
- Asian Law Alliance, San Jose
- Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, San Francisco
- Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings, San Francisco
- Centro Legal de la Raza, Oakland
- Chinese for Affirmative Action, San Francisco
- Equal Justice Society, Oakland
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
- Legal Aid at Work (formerly Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center), San Francisco
The board and grantees of the MTYKL Foundation at the kick-off reception in January 2016.
The San Francisco-based Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee (MTYKL) Foundation announced in February 2016 that it has awarded a total of $100,000 to nonprofit organizations involved in immigrant rights and advocacy. The foundation awarded $10,000 to ten nonprofit organizations, most based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The MTYKL Foundation’s Immigrant Rights Initiative supports organizations advancing and protecting the rights of our vulnerable immigrant communities. The Foundation intends to support existing efforts to re-shape the national debate on issues such as DACA, family detention, new statewide legislation, and human trafficking.
“We urgently need to fight back against the madness of racist insults and demeaning attacks on immigrants in this country,” said MTYKL Foundation director Minette Kwok. “The hostility is aggravated by inflammatory comments by demagogues using immigrants to advance their own political aspirations.”
Through this initiative, the MTYKL Foundation is encouraging the grantees to explore opportunities to collaborate with one another to achieve the greatest impact in combatting this dangerous anti-immigrant trend undermining the charitable and democratic values of our country.