Karen Korematsu, Dale Minami, Donald Tamaki Honored with 2018 NAPABA President’s Award

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) will present the 2018 NAPABA President’s Award to Karen Korematsu, Dale Minami, and Donald K. Tamaki for their work on the Stop Repeating History (StopRepeatingHistory.org) campaign.

The NAPABA President’s Award is given to NAPABA members who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to NAPABA, the legal community, and the broader Asian Pacific American community. The award will be presented at the 2018 NAPABA Convention in Chicago on Nov. 10, 2018.

The Stop Repeating History campaign educates the public about the Japanese American incarceration during WWII and the present-day dangers of similar policies targeting individuals based on race, national origin, or religion.

Korematsu is Founder and Executive Director of The Fred T. Korematsu Institute. Minami and Tamaki are Partners of Minami Tamaki LLP and members of the Korematsu coram nobis legal team.

“This year, it is my honor to present the NAPABA President’s Award to Karen Korematsu, Dale Minami, and Don Tamaki for their tireless commitment to the StopRepeatingHistory.Org campaign,” said NAPABA President Pankit J. Doshi.

“I applaud their efforts to relate the experiences of Japanese American internment during World War II to the infringement on civil rights and civil liberties that many religious and ethnic minorities face today.

“Their voices have been critical to ensuring that we as a nation never repeat that dark chapter of our history, including as a result of the travel ban impacting Muslim and immigrant communities, which NAPABA vehemently opposed. While their work in civil rights for decades has already blazed a trail, their continued efforts to advocate for our community without rest is particularly inspirational in today’s world.”

Korematsu, daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu, is a leading voice in advocating for civil liberties for all communities, and in 2015, she became NAPABA’s first non-lawyer member.

Minami and Tamaki have been involved in significant litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other underrepresented groups and served on the pro bono team that reopened the landmark Korematsu v. United States Supreme Court case, overturning Fred Korematsu’s conviction.

For more information, the media may contact Nisha Ramachandran, interim communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or nramachandran@napaba.org.

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