Don Tamaki

Don Tamaki

Managing Partner | Minami Tamaki LLP

Donald K. Tamaki is the Managing Partner of Minami Tamaki LLP in San Francisco. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1973 and received his J.D. from Berkeley in 1976. Upon graduation, he practiced poverty and civil rights law in San Jose and there, he co-founded the Asian Law Alliance, a public interest law firm which has provided representation and advocacy for thousands of low-income Asian Americans in San Jose, and is a past Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, the nation’s first public interest law firm representing Asian Americans in civil rights and poverty law cases.

In 1983 to 1985, he served on the legal team which reopened the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Fred Korematsu, overturning his criminal convictions for refusing to be interned. The reopening was based on newly discovered evidence from the Justice Department, War Department, Navy, F.B.I., and F.C.C. admitting that Japanese Americans had committed no wrong and posed no threat. Other Justice Department memoranda characterized the Army’s claims that Japanese Americans were spying as “intentional falsehoods.” These official reports were never presented to the Supreme Court, having been intentionally suppressed, altered and destroyed pursuant to the orders of high government officials so as to manipulate the outcome of the Korematsu decision.

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