Dale Minami is one of the nations leading advocates for the preservation of civil rights and civil liberties. As the lead counsel representing a Japanese American who had refused internment during World War II, Minami successfully overturned the 40-year-old conviction by challenging the legality of Korematsu v. United Statesthe 1944 Supreme Court decision that legitimized mandatory internment. He has received numerous awards for his dedication to the cause of civil rights, including the American Bar Associations 2003 Thurgood Marshall Award and the 2003 ACLU Civil Liberties Award.
Dale Minami received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1972 and is currently a partner with Minami, Lew and Tamaki, a San Francisco law firm specializing in personal injury and entertainment law.