2008 National Conference » Speakers

Dale Minami

Partner, Minami & Tamaki

Dale Minami is a partner with Minami and Tamaki in San Francisco. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California in 1968 and received his J.D. in 1971 from the University of California at Berkeley. His practice focuses on Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. He was selected as one of the Super Lawyers for 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 in the Personal Injury category, one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers for Northern California in 2005 and 2007, and one of the 500 Best Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine in 2005. Mr. Minami has also been involved in litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans, including Korematsu v. United States, United Pilipinos for Affirmative Action v. California Blue Shield (class action employment discrimination lawsuit), Spokane JACL v. Washington State University (class action to establish an Asian American Studies program) and Nakanishi v. UCLA (challenge to unfair tenure denial). He also co-founded the Asian Law Caucus, Inc., the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and the Asian Pacific Bar of California. Minami has served on State and Federal judicial screening committees and has taught at U.C. Berkeley and Mills College. He was the Co-Executive Producer of a feature film Life Tastes Good that screened at the Sundance Film Festival. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Minami has received awards including the ABA’s Thurgood Marshall Award and NAPABA’s Trailblazer Award, the 2003 ACLU Civil Liberties Award, an honorary Juris Doctor degree from the McGeorge School of Law, and designation of a dormitory at the University of California at Santa Cruz as the “Queen Liliuokalani-Minami” Dormitory, among others.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Morning Plenary Session
Tracey Doi, Group Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
John W. Hickenlooper, Mayor, City/County of Denver
Mitchell Maki, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dale Minami, Partner, Minami & Tamaki
Federico Peña, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Marsha Semmel, Director for Strategic Partnerships, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Time: 8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity

The Patriot Act of 2001 and American Democracy: A Town Hall Meeting
Lloyd Inui, Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach
Dale Minami, Partner, Minami & Tamaki
Noel Saleh, Immediate Past President, ACCESS
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor
Topic: Diversity, Democracy, and Social Justice