Dale Minami, Donald Tamaki, Brad Yamauchi, Minette A. Kwok, and Jack W. Lee formed the Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee Foundation to combine their philanthropy into a charitable nonprofit that can grow to be greater than the sum of their individual giving.
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ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dale Minami is recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Minami’s practice focuses on the areas of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. He has been involved in significant litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities, such as Korematsu v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn a 40-year-old conviction for refusal to obey exclusion orders aimed at Japanese Americans during World War II, originally upheld by U.S. Supreme Court.
Don Tamaki specialized in providing value-driven legal counsel to entrepreneurs, privately-held companies, and nonprofit corporations. Mr. Tamaki served on the pro bono team that reopened the landmark Supreme Court case of Korematsu v. the United States. Mr. Tamaki is president of the board of the San Francisco Japantown Foundation. He helped create the foundation in 2006 to support cultural, community, and educational activities for San Francisco Japantown.
Brad Yamauchi was formerly on the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and a former Board President of workplacefairness.org. He was on the Executive Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association, and on the Executive Board of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco. He served on the Board of the National Asian Pacific Bar Association as its VP for Membership and was also board vice president of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.
Minette A. Kwok (Board President) was a noted leader in the immigration bar. She served on the national Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council (AIC), which focuses on immigration policy, litigation and advocacy. She has served on AILA’s National Board of Governors; as Chair of AILA, Northern California; as a Commissioner with the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission; and as a liaison to the Department of Labor, Region IX and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Jack W. Lee specialized in employment, consumer fraud, antitrust and civil rights law for over 35 years. Mr. Lee is a recognized expert in class actions and employment law and has extensive experience litigating complex consumer employment, antitrust, and civil rights class actions in federal and state courts. He has prosecuted precedent-setting class action discrimination cases against major Fortune 500 corporations and governmental entities. He serves as Chair of the Judicial Advisory Committee for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, where he recommends nominees for federal judgeships in California.