Dale Minami is President of CAPA21, a progressive AAPI political action committee.
Before launching CAPA21 with Glen Fukushima, Dale was a co-founder and President of the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, one of the nation’s first political action committees focused on Asian American candidates and issues.
President Clinton appointed Dale as Chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund in January 1996. He served as a member of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission and has chaired the California Attorney General’s Asian Pacific Advisory Committee, advising the State’s Attorney General on key issues. Dale has also served as a Commissioner on the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominee’s Evaluation, and on Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Screening Committee, which made recommendations for federal judicial appointments.
Dale is recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was selected by Law & Politics Magazine as a Super Lawyer for each year from 2004 through 2014 in the Personal Injury category, one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers for Northern California in 2005 and from 2007 to 2014, in the Top Ten Super Lawyers in the Personal Injury Category for 2013 and 2014, one of Northern California’s Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers, one of the 500 Best Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine in 2005 and 2013-2014, one of Top 100 Litigation lawyers in the State of California by the American Society of Legal Advocates in 2014, one of the Best Lawyers in Northern California by Best Lawyers of America, and in the top three percent of attorneys in the nation by The Legal News.
He has been involved in significant litigation involving the civil rights of AAPIs and other people of color, such as Korematsu v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn a 40-year-old conviction for refusal to obey exclusion orders aimed at Japanese Americans during World War II, originally upheld by U.S. Supreme Court.
He co-founded several legal organizations, including: the Asian Law Caucus, the first community interest law firm serving Asian Pacific Americans in the country; the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the first Asian American bar association in the United States; and the Asian Pacific Bar of California.