Director, Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee Foundation
Minette A. Kwok, a Partner with Minami Tamaki LLP, is a leader in the immigration bar. She currently serves on the national Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council (AIC), which focuses on immigration policy, litigation and advocacy. She also sits on the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Business Immigration Committee.
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.
Ms. Kwok has participated widely in community affairs. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California at Hastings School of Law, as well as on the Board of Directors of Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO), which provides services to those facing domestic violence and human trafficking, landlord/tenant, and elder law abuse.
Recently, she successfully represented the State Bar of California before the California Supreme Court in the matter of Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who applied for, and was ultimately admitted to, the California State Bar.
Ms. Kwok is a member of the California Bar, the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a B.A. in History with High Honors; and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco in 1990.