The event promotes Boalt Hall’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) and its First Annual Dale Minami Boalt Alumni Fellowship Dinner on Friday, January 25, 2008. The Oct. 11 happy hour event is free, no-host and will take place at Louie’s Bar and Grill at 55 Stevenson Street in SOMA.
Dale Minami (’71) is a partner with Minami Tamaki LLP in San Francisco and specializes in personal injury and entertainment law.
He has been involved in significant litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities, including Korematsu v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn the 40-year-old conviction for refusal to obey exclusion orders aimed at Japanese Americans during WWII, originally upheld by US Supreme Court in landmark decisions.
A co-founder of the Asian Law Caucus, a co-founder of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the Asian Pacific Bar of California and the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, Dale has received numerous awards including the American Bar Association’s 2003 Thurgood Marshall Award and the 2003 ACLU Civil Liberties Award.
Dale has been recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the Bay Area. He was selected by Law & Politics Magazine as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers, in 2005, one of the Super Lawyers for 2004, 2005 and 2006 in Northern California in the Personal Injury category, one of the Top Lawyers in the Bay Area in the Personal Injury category by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine in 2006 and one of the 500 hundred Best Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine in 2005.
Boalt Hall’s APALSA, the largest student-run organization at Boalt Hall, as well the largest APALSA in the nation, has been funding public interest fellowships since the 1990s. This year, they are expanding their fundraising efforts to achieve the goals of endowing their fellowship and of increasing the award amount.
The fellowship will support outstanding Asian American students who commit to working in the public interest sector upon graduation. We invite you to support this important endeavor by attending our dinner and/or by becoming a sponsor. The dinner offers a great opportunity for Boalt alumni to reconnect with former classmates and for law firms to meet current and past Boalt students.