LOS ANGELES (Jan. 27, 2014) — Karin Wang, vice president of programs and communications for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, received the Alumni Award at the Seventh Annual Dale Minami Boalt Alumni Fellowship Dinner. The event was held in San Francisco on Friday, January 24, 2014.
“It’s an honor and privilege to receive this alumni award from the Dale Minami Fellowship at Berkeley Law,” said Karin Wang. “I’m particularly proud to receive an award named for Dale Minami, an inspiring civil rights lawyer and community leader who helped me find my own path to becoming a public interest attorney. I am also proud of the Berkeley Law Asian American students for having one of the few student-funded public interest fellowships in the nation.”
The Dale Minami Fellowship is a project affiliated with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at University of California at Berkeley Law School (also known as Boalt Hall School of Law) and is given each year to an outstanding Berkeley Law graduate who commits to serving the public interest. The fellowship is named after famed civil rights lawyer Dale Minami, a 1972 Berkeley Law graduate who has litigated many cases affecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, including the coram nobis petition in Korematsu v. United States.
“We are pleased to see Karin honored by her law school alma mater,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Advancing Justice – LA. “Her commitment to social justice is amply evidenced by her many accomplishments – she is a great leader for our organization and for the movement for social justice for all of our communities.”
The keynote speaker at the dinner was former Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, Bill Lann Lee. Also recognized at the dinner was Natalie Minev, class of 2013, who works at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles.
Past honorees include: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (2012), Former State Bar President and current Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Fujie (2011), U.S. District Court Judge Ed Chen (2010), and attorney and co-founder of Advancing Justice-ALC Dale Minami (2008).
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.
Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.