The Asian Pacific Fund honored our firm with its 2017 Leadership in Philanthropy Award at the organization’s annual gala on October 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco.
The Asian Pacific Fund Annual Gala is a celebration of philanthropic leadership in the Bay Area. A special part of the evening is a presentation of the Leadership in Philanthropy Award, which recognizes those who have attained remarkable success in their field while also serving as a role model for giving back.
From the Asian Pacific Fund: “For more than 40 years, Minami Tamaki LLP has been a trailblazer in legal services and civil rights on behalf of the Asian American community. The firm made history by reopening the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Korematsu v. the United States, and overturning the conviction of Fred Korematsu.”
The outcome of that landmark case helped lead to reparations for Japanese Americans unconstitutionally incarcerated during World War II.
“The firm’s partners are equally known for helping found the Asian Law Caucus and the Asian Law Alliance as part of their ongoing mission to promote, advance, and represent the basic human, legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Islander communities and beyond.
“As a private law firm, Minami Tamaki LLP defends some of the most vulnerable in the community by fighting against wage theft, sexual harassment, and discrimination. The firm is consistently recognized as Super Lawyers; this year, all of Minami Tamaki LLP’s Partners were selected as Northern California Super Lawyers.”
The firm “also invests its profits and resources back into the community with the firm’s partners pooling together $1 million to launch a nonprofit foundation with an additional $200,000 immediately going into the community to support immigrant rights and advocacy.”
Past honorees of the Leadership in Philanthropy Award include: author Amy Tan, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Commerce Norman Mineta, and Care.com chair and CEO Sheila Lirio Marcelo.
Partner Dale Minami also previously received the award in 2003.
The Asian Pacific Fund is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to strengthening the Bay Area’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We help donors achieve their philanthropic goals, support organizations that serve our most vulnerable, and raise awareness about pressing community needs.