Minami Tamaki LLP congratulates Partner Olivia S. Lee on her selection as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor society of the nonprofit founded by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1952.
American Bar Foundation Fellows are limited to one percent of the lawyers of each state. They are selected from the legal sector’s leadership who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and the highest principles of the profession.
The American Bar Foundation is a research institute committed to the principle that a deep understanding of the law is vital to a more just, equitable world. It conducts rigorous, empirical research that explores the intersection of law and society—creating insights that underpin today’s most pressing issues and affect millions of people every day.
Although the ABA created the Foundation, it remains an independent organization, ensuring research projects have full academic freedom and are not influenced by the views of the ABA. Its interdisciplinary approach yields nonpartisan and actionable research that people and institutions use to shape laws, inform policy, and influence society.
Olivia’s selection as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation highlights her continued leadership in the legal profession and the community. She serves as an Elected Director on the Board of Governors American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a member of the Editorial Board for AILA’s Law Journal.
Olivia also serves on the ABA’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council and helped to draft the ABA’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge for AAPI Heritage Month. She is also a Board Member of Chinese for Affirmative Action.
In recognition of her work, Olivia received an AILA Presidential Commendation in 2021, AILA’s Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award in 2022, and the Unity Award from the Minority Bar Coalition in 2018.